Getting acquainted with your child’s fear and anxieties. Here are ways to manage them.

January 30th, 2018

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Strangers, bugs, insects, nightmares! These are all just a few of our childhood fears and anxieties. Fear and anxiety are just ordinary problems. We have all had our childhood fear and anxieties. We have overcome them in many different ways possible. As parents, it is important to be aware of your child’s fears, anxieties or problems. After which, you should find out ways to help them feel safer, less anxious and secured. Children get emotional easily and they try their best to avoid the things they fear. This avoidance is actually a form of anxiety and desire to escape the situation.

Having fears and anxieties can also be helpful because it makes kids behave in a safe way. It is their natural instinct to stay away from danger. However, there are many intangible anxieties, which is necessary for them to experience, to naturally grow out of it. Some of them are socialising with other children, meeting new people, or being exposed to new situations or environments.

There are certain types of fear and anxieties as kids grow and develop. Babies experience stranger anxiety, clinging to parents when people they do not recognise are confronting them. It is important to expose them to face these fears once in a while. Have them repeatedly go through them and it will disappear before you know it. This is one of the most effective ways to overcome those fears. Toddlers experience separation anxiety, as they do not stay with one of their parents. Some even have fear of ghosts and monsters.

Taking it slow and moving one step at a time is important. Here are some ways to manage these fears and anxieties. At an initial stage, you have to recognise and get acquainted with the fear and anxieties. Do not instil even more fear in them by forcing them to overcome it on their own accord. Another approach you can implement is by teaching your kids how to rate their fears on a scale of 1 to 10. You can then devise a strategy to help them overcome that particular fear over a span of one week. If he or she is afraid of dogs, cats or animals in general, you can build the confidence in them to slowly approach the feared object. Doing this frequently can gradually ease the fear and build a momentum towards being exposed to that object.

Teach coping strategies, which can be easily implemented and fast. Let your child make a list of his or her fears and cross-check them once they have gotten rid of them. You can guide them through this process and provide them, with a certain type of reward after it is done. Deep breathing and relaxation are reliable techniques to help them feel more emotionally secure. Being positive and giving them constant reaffirmations that the fears will go away are important life methods you can follow. There are many ways for you to manage your child’s fear and anxieties. Planning, picking the right strategy and implementing them are the key factors to solving this.

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