Give children information about their fears. Knowing about things helps to make children less fearful (but not too much detail for young children).
This means listening to, understanding and not making fun of your child’s fears.
- Respond to your children’s fear or cries by reassuring your children that they are safe, and cuddling or patting them until they calm down.
- However, while you show your child that you understand that her fears are real, it is important not to let her think that you are also afraid because it will make her more fearful.
Praise and reward your child when he makes a step towards fighting or confronting his fear, eg. getting closer to a dog if he is frightened of dogs.
These help children know what to expect and make children feel more secure and confident, eg. bedtime routines can help a child with fear of the dark.
Having some control of the situation often helps with fears.
Provide opportunities for your child to develop skills and gain confidence in her own ability. Confidence can’t be developed on praise alone. It is success and being able to do things that build up a child’s confidence.
- Let your child try things that she can do, and then give her lots of support and approval.
- Read children’s stories that deal with fearful events that children overcome.
- Provide times for fantasy play, dress-ups, drawings, etc., where children can express their fears and take control of them.
Here at Akeba Academy your child gets the opportunity to step out of his or her comfort zone giving them the chance to overcome fears and do things they wouldn’t normally do. Give us a call at (912) 289-2725.