It is important to find
out the reasons behind children’s fear in order to manage them. Most of the
parents think that children will outgrow fear when they grow-up, but it is a
must to resolve such childhood
Coping with fears and anxieties
is common during childhood. Certain fears and anxieties can leave a deep impact
on the growth and development of children. Therefore, parents must play an
important role in helping children deal with fears and anxieties. Let us take a
look at the common concerns of parents on managing their children’s fears and
what parents can do about it.
My child's fears seem
Your child is very likely
to display insecurities and fears that may seem incomprehensible to you. You
cannot understand why your child should cling to you just before you leave
home, afraid that you will not return. You can understand if your child is
afraid of thunder, but why should she be terrified of dogs? It is not important
that you comprehend the basis of your child's fears. Whether their fears seem
rational or irrational, you must remember that these fears are very real to
What kinds of fears are common in
Here are some of
the common fears in children.
Fear of Ghosts and
Many children fear ghosts and monsters.
They feel that the ghosts and monsters are around them. They get this kind of
fear mainly during night or when they are in a dark room. Sometimes they fear
that ghosts and monsters are hiding under their bed or in their cupboard. In
such situations parents must reassure them and tell them such things do not
Fear of dark is one of the common fears in
children and because of which they fear sleeping alone in their rooms. In such
situations you can give company to your child until she is asleep. Installing a
dim light in her room is also a good option. Teach her to pray at night before
going to bed, this will help to develop strength in her in order to fight the
Fear of Thunder and
Most of the children get scared when they
hear the sound of thunder and storm. They think that some supernatural powers
are creating it. In such situation, you must reassure her and tell her the
scientific reason behind thunder, storm and
Children feel scared of strangers
because they feel that they are going to take them away from their parents.
Here we are talking about your friends and relatives who can be strangers to
your child. This kind of fear is developed mainly in children who are antisocial.
If your child is coping with such kind of fear it is necessary to boost her
social skill. Encourage your child to interact with other children. Enrol her
in some hobby classes where she can meet new children and teachers. Following
such ways can help to enhance her social
skills thereby reducing the fear of
Have a quick look at the list of other fears in
You need to handle them gently
and sympathetically. She needs your help to cope. Making fun of her or being
dismissive of her fears will worsen the situation and make her feel isolated.
You must explain to her that there is no need to be frightened, but that you
understand if she is.
Your reassurance can be the greatest
weapon for your child to fight with her fears. Always reassure her when she
gets frightened and do not leave her alone when she is
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