We have all had it…the child who is afraid to leave moms side…the one that won’t peel away from the wall. It makes us question. Is this fear normal? What can we do about it?
According to the article “Is It ‘Normal’ for Children to Be Afraid?” by Karen M. Carlson, M.Ed., fear is a normal emotion. “It’s nature’s way of alerting us to react to danger, and helps protect us from threatening situations.” A child experiences many fears because his world is always expanding and changing. Children spend much time learning to cope with the unfamiliar and it is difficult for them to distinguish between reality and fantasy.
Studies show that young toddlers fear things such as loud noises and strangers. However, as they age those things become less fearful and the imagination takes over. Children between the ages of 3 and 6 fear things such as death, the dark, ridicule, robbers, and “monsters.”
The following are things that Carlson suggests can be done to help kids work through their fears:
Source: Dr. Donald Carlson PhD, Frederick MD
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