Parenting - Emotions | 1-12 yrs

How To Help Children Overcome Fear

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The following line in the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling is quite famous like the author herself.

“Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”

But you can't explain fear to your child in rational terms. Fear is an emotion, which can feel very real to a child. Whether your child experiences slight anxiety, acute phobia or a just great deal of dread due to, let’s say, thunderstorms, that feeling of panic and fear is your child’s truth at that time.

According to an article titled Toddler Fears And Phobias published in huffingtonpost.co.uk, "The best way to manage your child’s fears or phobias is to accept them and acknowledge her feelings."

Once you assure your kid that you understand and acknowledge her fears and concerns, you can try different ways to help her overcome them. If your child is afraid of the dark, a night lamp might do the trick of alleviating her fright and get a good night’s rest. You can also make sure she goes to bed with a positive mindset; so this means no television or scary stories of any kind before bedtime. You can also stay with your kid until she falls asleep. In time, your kid will most likely overcome her fear and uneasiness about the dark.

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