Help your toddler learn to manage fear on their own (click here for toddler fear updates) April 17, 2016 23:30
Discovery can be scary sometimes.....
Keep these tips in mind to help your child learn to manage fear on their own:
- Gently expose your child to things that might be scary to them. Coach the toddler and model how to stay calm.
- Explain to your toddler what is real, what is pretend, and how things that might be scary (storms, toilets, shadows) actually work.
- Be honest. If you know something scary is going to happen or that something will hurt, tell your toddler the truth. They will learn to confront fears head-on by following your example and trusting you to tell the truth.
- Manage your own fears, worries, and anxieties without sharing them with your child. In order to develop confidence and sense of safety, toddlers need to know their caregivers are calm and in control.
- Read books and tell stories about other children who were afraid of similar things and how they overcame their fears. Young children love to hear about other children overcoming adversity and will likely emulate strong characters.
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