“Encourage and support your kids because children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.” – Lady Bird Johnson

 

Fear is a normal part of being felt by a person, including when we were a child. Some children may have more fear and anxiety than other children. They are often afraid of many things, for example bad grades, friends who stay away from them, unpredictable situations, etc.

Children’s fear usually arises because they have been in direct contact with it and bring their own experiences to form fear. If your child experiences this, you need to be with them. Your child needs extra support to manage and overcome fear.

There are many things that you can do as parents to help your child deal with their fears.

Be a good listener. When your child is experiencing fear, start a conversation with them. Ask what triggered their fears at that time. Once they dare to talk about it, fear often begins to feel more controllable. Being a good listener to your child about what they feel tends to help them feel in control of their fears.

Take their fears seriously. You need to show your child that you take their fear seriously. Avoid words or responses that indicate that their fear is trivial. It will not make your child completely lose their fear. Therefore, the more you respond to your child’s fears, the better.

Not avoiding fear of children. Avoiding fear and its triggers can make fear bigger. Maybe sometimes you find it easier to avoid what triggers your child’s fear. But hiding from fear increase the child’s fear. It makes it even more difficult for children to get rid of fear.

Create a safe situation for children with you. When your child is scared, give them a sense of security and comfort when they are beside you. Give them comforting words, like saying that you are here with them to get through that fear. Another example of words is to say that their fear will end soon because you will help them.

Helping children take steps to face their fears. After you calm your child, offer them some solutions they can try to do. Give them baby steps towards the goal of conquering fear. For example, when they are afraid to sleep alone, take small steps first such as sleeping with them for a few days, then leave them slowly with the light on, giving them objects to sleep with, and the other next steps. This will continue until your child gets rid of their fear.

Become children’s number one supporter. Show your child that whatever your child confronts and tries to overcome fear, you are there to support them. Show your children how proud you are of them. Children who have strong support from their parents will gain confidence that they can handle their fears.

In this world, nothing is certain. Therefore, you cannot always protect your child through fear in life. But you can help children learn ways to deal with fear. Be a parent who is always beside your child whenever they need you.

May 10, 2021

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