Does your child have fears?
Do your child’s fears prevent them from living a normal life?
When we experience fear, our hearts beat faster, our nerves activate, we break out in sweat, and we feel a “lump in our throat.” This isn’t the greatest feeling in the world, but you know it’s fear when you experience it yourself.
Some common childhood fears include: ghosts, large objects, strangers, dogs, snakes, spiders, being home alone, noises at night, fear of failure, etc.
There are many types of fears, so it’s important to let your children know that you’re there for them if they need you. Most children will grow out of their fears with time, but with some kids it may take longer.
- Recognize that the fear is real.
- Never belittle the fear as a way of forcing your child to overcome it.
- Provide support and gentle care as you approach the feared object or situation with your child.
- Teach kids how to rate fear.
- Teach coping strategies. Using you as "home base," your child can venture out toward the feared object, and then return to you for safety before venturing out again. Kids also can learn some positive self-statements (such as "I can do this" and "I will be OK") to say to themselves when feeling anxious.
Give these recommendations a try. Your child will be able to live a better, less stressed life by conquering their fears when they’re younger rather than shrugging it off and having to deal with it again when they’re older. If your child doesn’t face their fears during their childhood it could reduce their quality of life.
If you decide to try some of these things with your child, we’d like to know how it works for you. In addition, are there any other alternatives that already work for you that you’d like to suggest to other parents? Please let us know in the comments! At Little Angels Preschool in Milan, we are dedicated to our students’ health and well-being.