Child care: Help Your Child Cope with Fear

All of us are constantly afraid of something or the other; but experience helps us to cope with them. Children, however, are often crippled with various kinds of fears because they are still growing up and exploring this world. Anything can scare them at this point – witches, darkness, doctors or even school for that matter. It is very difficult for them to face these fears as they lack enough perception and don’t know the effective ways to overcome them.

Parents can help their children to overcome these fears by developing coping mechanisms for them. These mechanisms can help prevent fatal problems that could arise later due to childhood fears. Parents can do this successfully by understanding and guiding them through this stage.

The probable things that could frighten a child during the initial growth period:

  • Fear of the unknown or having to discover knew and strange things
  • Fear of being left alone
  • Fear of one’s own physical and mental condition

When a child is able to identify the right from the wrong things, then he or she faces the fears of authority and punishment. This eventually leads to a situation where children become judgmental, and can respond to moral issues as well. This stage of a child’s growth is also marked by the fears of an unhappy event.

Finally, children like most adults, face the fears related to self-concept. Here they fear their own significance and acceptability in the world.

Tips to help your child cope with fears:

  • Realize your child’s fears as your own
  • Help your child to understand the possibilities of fear and provide reasons for them
  • Gradually encourage your child to talk about the fears
  • If possible, try to make your child face the object of fear
  • Try reducing the sensitivity of your child towards the fear of anything
  • Some fears can fade with time so do not interfere to tickle or increase the fears of your child

Fears can also work as protectors, so it is very important for your child to fear things that may not be safe for him or her. For example, the fear of running across the street or missing school. Help your child to distinguish between protective fears and fears that prevent them from enjoying life. In other words, tell your child there is little to worry because you will always be around.