How to stop a childs fears turning into a phobia

When a child is growing up they have to deal with a great many fears, both in the home and at school. These are often quite complex for them and might include taking a big test, dealing with a bully, or simply starting at a new school.

A recent study has shown that parents might not be taking their children’s fears seriously enough. Parents often think that their child’s worries are not very serious and do not address them properly. However, in order to foster a child’s development in the best way possible, it is important that parents understand the fears of their children and deal with them adequately.

Those who do not address the children’s fears properly might be inadvertently causing their children to develop depression later in life, or even possibly suffer from panic attacks. This article is going to look at a few techniques that can be used by parents to help children overcome what they are afraid of.

When children are younger they are generally afraid of irrational things, such as ghosts or the dark. As they grow up they begin to understand that these fears are not justified and instead become afraid of things which can actually hurt them, such as insects, thunderstorms, or animals. This is also the stage where they realise that closing their eyes won’t simply make the problem go away.

There is a delicate balance that must be struck when parents are dealing with their children’s fears. They must be careful not to comfort their children too much when they fear something as this will only encourage the child to continue fearing it, to get attention from the parent.

They should also deal with the fear properly and not punish their children for being afraid of something. Distraction is often a good option and parents can encourage their children to sing a song in order to distract themselves from their fears.

This distraction method can be a good way to calm children down when they are afraid of something and after this it is possible for parents to move into strategies that can allow the child to overcome their fear in the long-term.

A phobia is something different from what most people understand it to be. Most people think that a phobia is simply being afraid of something. In actual fact it is a condition where a child has an irrational fear of something and it goes beyond normal fear.

They will be afraid of something and even once it has been removed they will continue to suffer the after-effects of the fear. If these phobias are not tackled early on, then children can develop more complicated conditions such as getting panic attacks simply from thinking about their phobia.

Fears are something that every child develops and getting children to conquer their phobias is a challenging part of parenting. You should deal with the problem head-on and always encourage your child to understand that there fears are unjustified in the vast majority of cases.

Once these early childhood phobias have passed, children tend to fear things that are much more familiar to adults, such as the fear of illness and death. It is later in childhood that children realise how vulnerable they are to death and illness and the lack of control they have over these things.

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