Overcoming your child’s fears and worries is something all parents hope to do. No mother or father wants to see their kids struggle with even the most common childhood fears.
It’s common for children to feel afraid from time to time. It’s just a part of growing up.
Most eventually realize there is no reason to be afraid or worry and they outgrow the fear. However, you may help resolve the issue sooner if you take the right steps.
Common Childhood Fears
There are a number of things that your child may be afraid of, but here are the most common fears:
- The dark
- Monsters in the closet
- The water/swimming
- Loud noises
- Being left alone
- Bugs or spiders
- Doctors and dentists
Overcoming your Child’s Fears and Worries
Talking to your child about his or her fear is a very important part of helping them to understand and face their fears. It will help them find ways to deal with them so they can live a normal and productive life.
However, knowing how to talk to your child about these fears or what to say to make them feel better can be difficult.
Here are a few tips to help with overcoming your child’s fears and worries:
- Encourage your child to talk about their fears by letting them know you take them very seriously. Children need to know that you will listen and not laugh at them for being afraid. Don’t disregard their feelings or tell them it’s nothing to worry about. You can acknowledge the fear without agreeing with it.
- Explain that being afraid of certain things is natural and that everyone is afraid of something, even you. If your child knows that you had similar fears when you were young, it will help them be more open to talking about it and less afraid.
- Discuss the fear in detail. If your child is afraid of the dark, find out why. Is she scared something is lurking under the bed or is there just enough light coming through the window to create scary images in the room?
- Talk about ways to make it better. For example, a nightlight is a great way to get rid of scary monsters in the dark, while darker curtains will eliminate images created by dim light shining through the window.
- Always be calm and reassuring when talking to your child about their fears. When you reassure them there is nothing to worry about and let them know you are always there for them, it will help them to feel better and eventually overcome their fears.
The next time your child is feeling afraid, sit down and talk to them about what they are going through. Use the tips above to help you find ways in overcoming your child’s fears and worries. It’s a lesson they will always remember and use throughout life when facing new challenges and new fears.
What are your tips for overcoming your child’s fears and worries?
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