Help Children Face Their Fears

While children’s reactions to their fears — monsters, spiders or storms — may worry parents, the good news is that almost all children go through the same thing.

Your children’s age, temperament and other factors will determine the strategies you use to help them overcome their fears.

Consider the following suggestions:
•Don’t disregard their fears. Instead, acknowledge their concerns and tell children you can help them be less afraid.
•Maintain a predictable routine. Knowing what to expect helps children build confidence.
•Don’t pressure your children to face a fear before they’re ready. Let them go at their own pace.
•Provide an explanation of the feared thing or situation. For example, thunder is a loud noise, but it can’t hurt you.
•Tell your children how you’ve overcome some of your own fears.

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