Fear is a big emotion. It’s something that many adults struggle to deal with, yet it’s also something that’s all-too-often ignored in children. If your child is struggling because he or she is fearful, there are some steps that you can take to help your child to adapt and overcome this powerful emotion.
The first step you need to take is to stop and assess the situation. There’s a huge difference between a child who is ruled by problematic fear and a child who is just a bit timid. It’s worth your time to stop and think about whether the problem is one that’s worth addressing directly or one that can benefit from a more casual kind of support.
Your next step is to talk to your child. Depending on his or her age, he or she might be able to tell you directly what scares him or her. If your child can’t communicate directly, take some time to observe him or her to note what triggers those fears. This is a good time to figure out if there’s a specific concern that you need to address.
Once you start to learn about the problem, you can start to adapt. While it’s not generally a good idea to allow your child to let his or her fears rule daily life, there may be gentle adaptations you can make to help your child overcome the more stressful situations. This is a balancing act, of course, but one that is worth pursuing.
The final question you must ask yourself as a parent is whether you can truly handle this issue on your own. If your child’s fear is impacting his or her life to a significant level, it may be time to contact a psychologist who specializes in working with children. Bringing in a professional team member can often help you solve those problems that frustrate you on your own.