Why yes! Not only do they care, you also have their attention too. WHAT you may see often through the tears are one or many feelings of confusion, frustration, anger, and even low self-esteem! BUT more importantly you have a child’s attention and they need a model of excellence to show love and high expectations of what’s right to do next time calmly because they will also have the skills to carry on to their children’s children one day. Be forgiving, specific and share what you appreciate out of them.
Their is plenty of time later when they are in a happy mood to lecture and that’s when you know they are respectful or not. It takes practice like much things to not scold them during teachable times. Stories of times when you learned on your own after someone taught you something through encouragement is a perfect exchange. I love you! One love!