Cordelia is a sensitive soul who feels things deeply. I think this makes her quite compassionate, but she is also just learning to harness these big (and sometimes not so big) feelings she has. She can easily understand that her actions impact others. She worries if someone is sad or she has injured feelings. She inherently understands that our actions impact others. She is still so very young and that sensitivity, which will someday be an asset, is often the source of bruised feelings when she feels slighted.
Thankfully her disposition is naturally a sunny one and it is easy to turn that frown upside down. The trick is one my family learned with my youngest brother Sam. Just tell her, "Don't smile Cordelia. I mean it, don't do it." Eventually she cannot help herself. The joy breaks through like sunshine through the clouds.
Recently Cordelia was upset about something that didn't feel like nonsense to her, but to the rest of the world it most certainly was nonsense.
I assessed the situation and it was clear that there was no real drama unfolding and I turned to my tried and true method. "Don't smile Cordelia, " I said.
"Don't do it. Do not smile."
"Oh no! It looks like you're smiling."
"Oh, it is too late. You're smiling now."
Then all is forgotten and happiness reigns in my sunny girl.