Fear is a healthy emotion. It tells us when we’re in danger. But sometimes kids’ fears are unrealistic and overwhelming. It’s a parent’s job to help them conquer these feelings. Here are some tips that will help:

  • Don’t make fun of your child’s fears. Look for solutions instead of saying things like, “You’re silly. There’s nothing to be afraid of.”
  • Ask for details about your child’s fear. The solution will depend on his answer. If he’s scared of the dark, he may need a night light or he may want you to check for monsters.
  • Read children’s books about your child’s fear. Many books ease common childhood worries and show kids they’re not alone.
  • Avoid passing your fears along to your child. It’s natural to be nervous when your child tries something new. But if you’re brave, your child is more likely to be, too.

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