Help Your Child Overcome Their Biggest Fears

For a small child, the world might be a frightening place because of the large animals and loud noises it contains. Using these suggestions from the pros, you may help him feel more secure.

Toddlers are startled by loud noises and dogs, which they see as a threat to their safety. A child’s fear of the unknown is often replaced with a new fear when their imagination develops around the age of two.

Monsters scare people because they are able to conjure up something that doesn’t exist. While it’s understandable to want to protect your child from the things that he’s afraid of, doing so only reinforces the idea that these things are dangerous. Help him overcome these phobias one step at a time.

Thunder

Toddlers can be startled by a breaking sound that is unexpected and loud. It’s okay to admit that your child is frightened, but also let her know that it’s thrilling. Demonstrate the commonality of storms. A “thunder dance” can help your child link the sound with fun rather than fear before the next one.

Dogs

When your neighbor’s playful Labrador bounds toward your child, it’s understandable that he would cower. By barking, leaping, or even licking his face, dogs can easily scare him. The majority of dogs are only trying to be friendly. Ask the owner if it’s okay to pet her if you see one. Let her sniff your hand before you begin to stroke behind her ears to show her how to greet you. Demonstrate how to stroke the fur, and then let your youngster do it for themselves. Be encouraging and patient, as it may take some time for him to feel secure enough to try new things.

Bath time

Because of their fear of being sucked down the sink when the water drains, many young children develop a fear of the bathtub. Let your child sit on the side of the tub and play with some water toys for a few minutes to help them overcome their fear of water. A rubber dolphin won’t fit down the toilet, and she won’t either. As soon as she’s safely inside, pour additional water.]

Characters in Attire

Seeing Donald Duck or Chuck E. Cheese in person could be exciting for you, but your child might be terrified. Young children may find life-size costumes unsettling because of the high proportions of their features and body parts. A small youngster may be perplexed and upset if the characters’ faces don’t change during the story. 

Holding a mask in front of your face and then removing it to show him that you’re still Mommy will help him comprehend what costumes are. This will give him some sense of control by allowing him to put it on himself. Ask your youngster to say hello to the mascot at an amusement park or other event that has a mascot, and then give the character a high five. Don’t rush him if he isn’t ready for the task at hand.

Nightmare Creatures

If your good sleeper is afraid of being left alone in a dark room, this shouldn’t be surprising. For her, imaginary creatures such as ghosts and monsters might have a strong sense of reality. A special stuffed animal or blanket, as well as a nightlight, can help to lessen the tension in her room. Preparing her for bedtime by establishing a routine that includes hugging, reading, and singing will help her feel at ease.

However, it’s best to deal directly with your child’s phobia of imaginary monsters throughout the workday. Tell your youngster that you understand her fear and that the monsters in her thoughts are just that. As long as you make it apparent that it’s just a game, role-playing can be beneficial. 

Let her first be the dreadful beast. Make a show of running away and being terrified. Your turn: Be the comical monster that can’t catch her. As an alternative, you and the creature can create a comical depiction of it. Give him a broad smile and a cheerful expression so that he appears amusing rather than menacing.

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