Fears are a natural stage in children development. They take different form in every age.
Our job as parents is to support our children and provide the necessary tools to help them overcome their fears and difficulties:
- Talking about fears helps — words often take some of the power out of the negative feeling
- Never belittle the fear – fears are experienced by children as real as anything else in their reality
- Don’t cater to fears – Provide support as you approach the feared object or situation with your child.
- Empower your kid – Teach your kid positive self-statements, such as “I can do this” and “I will be OK” to say to themselves when feeling anxious.
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Also check “Draw Me A Monster” – A unique process that uses humor and art to help kids overcome fears and difficulties.
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