One of the biggest hindrances to confidence and accomplishment is fear. Fear can be the deterrent that keeps us from moving forward, but it can also save us from being foolish. As adults, we understand that allowing fear to rule our lives can cause us to miss out on many of life’s great experiences!
For instance, you may want to experience sky diving sometime in your life. You expect that when you go to make the jump, you will likely feel fear at that moment. From experience, you recognize that you must get past this fear in order to accomplish your goal. You are either allowing fear to cause you to deny yourself the desired reward of tackling this point on your life’s bucket list, or you are confidently working past it to plan your sky diving adventure!
Think about how fear changes your own decisions. Or does it? Then, think about this emotion in the mind of a child. A child is looking for signals from you as to how to handle fear. Your example and wise council can help them learn how to recognize rational fears and how to discard and move through irrational ones. Be sure to explain to your children the difference between the two.
Today we will talk about the natural fears children experience and how we, as parents, can help them overcome and have control over their own emotions so they can have the confidence they need to accomplish their life’s goals. We will also discuss how to warn children about real dangers without causing them to become fearful.
First let’s talk about a few irrational fears and how to handle them.
Fear of the dark
Fear of the dark is the most common fear of all in children. But, this is truly an irrational fear, isn’t it? Yet, it is a real one and cannot be dismissed.