Managing your child's fears

Children face fears of several kinds. They can be genuine or manufactured but they are real for them. As a parent, you will need to be strong to help them overcome their fears.

·  Observe your child’s behavior when he/she is in the grip of a fear. Note his facial expressions, the word he chooses to describe his fears and the way he reacts to different sounds when scared. This will help you track if they are overcoming their fears.

·  When your child is telling you about his/her fears, encourage them to confide in you.

·  Understand if the fear is in the mind of your child or is it real. Fear of falling, pets, water, height, strangers, etc are real.

·  Help your child face their fears. Explain to them the importance of curing fears, and how they can cripple one for life.

·  List down the real fears your child faces, and note down the ways in which they can be overcome. One by one, try all the methods. Let your child know that you are with them.

·  Get your children excited about the activity he/she is afraid to get involved in. For example, swimming with friends to reduce fear of water, doing fun activities with people he/she is scared of or keeping a pet at home (more on this here (hyperlink to pets’ article)).

·  If your child is afraid of the dark or ghosts, talk to him/her about how they don’t exist.

·  Reward your child if he/she is trying to overcome his irrational fears.

·  Avoid talking about ghost stories or experiences in front of your child.

·  Assure them of your love and care; never criticize them for their fears in front of guests. Praise them for their strength and bravery.

Fear in growing children is partly the manifestation of their developing mind when they are unable to process information and the intricacies of their own thoughts. This phase wanes as they grow up but with your help, your child can overcome their fears forever.

Important Disclaimer: This information is not meant as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult a doctor with questions about your or your child's condition. does not recommend or endorse specific tests, products, procedures, opinions, or other information provided by any sponsors or other third parties.

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