Dealing with Childhood Fears: Quick Tips from Ron Huxley, LMFT
This weeks tip for parents deals with childhood fears. Fears of dogs, doctors, and the dark are normal experiences in a childs early development. Here are some tips for helping children cope with their fears:
Buy your child stuffed animals or spend time with small animals such as rabbits.
Role-play going to the doctor before your visit. try to visit when your child doesn’t have to get a shot or feels sick.
Put a nightlight in your child’s room and listen to soft music to help soothe nighttime fears.
Discourage scary stories or television shows to avoid fears of monsters.
Never force your child to go someplace frightening or trivialize their fears as silly or stupid.
Draw pictures and talk about the things that frighten your child.