Helping kids overcome fears
The majority of kids have some sort of fears. This is entirely normal and at times it can even be a good thing. Kids should have an understanding that they should not run out into a busy street, or that they shouldn’t play with knives. A tiny bit of fear is actually good, where it becomes a concern is when your child is constantly fearful of everything they come in contact with. The type of personality your child has will influence what their fears are. As children grow, they learn much more about their wold. And as they learn more about their world, some of their fears seem to disappear. As a parent you have an important job, part of this job is helping your children learn to cope and handle their fears. There are quite a few different methods you can use to help your children overcome their fears.
It’s important to remember that all children are scared at times. They will more than likely outgrow the majority of their fears. But right now at this point in time these fears are real to them. So you will want to make sure not to make fun of them for their fears. You can help them to learn however not to be quite as scared. In doing so you want to accept that their fears are real and they scare them deeply. Only then can you move forward to helping them overcome them.
Spend quality time with you children when they are scared. Some Children are afraid of the dark, so in this situation it is beneficial to spend time with them before bed reading a story so that they can learn to feel safe in their room. If your children happen to be fearful of loud noises it may be beneficial to hold them near when you are watching fireworks, and to comfort them during any thunderstorms.
Children feel more safe when they are in a structured environment and know what to expect. It may help them to know what is going to come next such as story time or bathtime.
Talk to them
Talk to your children about their fears. When your children are scared talk to them about their feelings. This will help to them to learn how to show their fears, and be more comfortable with telling you exactly what they feel.
Make notice when your children are being brave
Your children may happen to venture into doing something that you are sure scares them. It’s important to take notice when they do this and let them know how proud of them you are for being so brave.
Teach them about their fears
When you help your children understand more about what scares them, and explain just how they work they can better learn to overcome their fears. Talk to them about storms, and what makes them happen. When they are able to see just whats going on with a reason why, they can learn to be less scared overall.