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The childish fears They vary depending on the personality and character of the child, and the situations in which he lives. But generally fears are universal. They begin around the first year of life, and are most prevalent between 4 and 6 years of age.
During this period, the child begins to fear insects, animals, the dark, strangers, loud noises, unfamiliar toys, thunder and storms, death, etc. Learn a little more about each of them:
You need to talk to your child about the real dangers of talking to strangers. But you shouldn't just tell him that. Don't increase their fears. Try to teach him some reactions to protect yourself from strangers. For example: not accepting candy, or gifts, or shaking hands or taking a walk with that person. In the event that they force him to do so, tell him that he should ask the police for help and always talk to who is taking care of him at the time. Give him confidence and security, but teach him to be cautious around people he doesn't know.
This fear may be related to a story about monsters or witches, which has been poorly explained. It may also be related to nightmares, dreams or some event such as the change of address or certain imaginary situations. There are children who feel safer if you leave a nearby light on. There is nothing wrong with that. After a while, it will pass.
When there are storms, quickly close the window panes. Let your child see the rain and count on him the lightning bolts appear in the sky. Sit next to him and explain the true nature of the phenomena: the reason for the rain, the lightning, the noise of thunder, etc. And, above all, make it clear that these phenomena are natural, temporary and do no harm.
It is very normal for a child to feel fear when an animal that he does not know approaches him. The distances must be reduced very slowly, without the child feeling forced to do so. It would be convenient if, from an early age, you help your child to get acquainted with animals, showing him pictures, telling him stories about animals or watching documentaries about his life and behavior. The process is slow and you have to be very patient. Get close to a dog, for example, and pet him. Then suggest that your child do the same, but when he feels like it. It is important that you teach your child that before touching an unfamiliar animal, they must ask their owner for permission. Only he can tell you whether or not you can approach the dog.
There are children who can only fall asleep in the company of their parents or in their bed. The fear of sleeping alone it may be related to other fears. If your child suffers from nightmares, reach out to calm and comfort him until he calms down. You will not advance anything if you go nervous. Talk to him about it and give him a lot of love. Fear is not a cause for concern, as long as you observe that it does not interfere with the normal development of your child. But if any of your fears prevent the child from leading a normal life, it is likely that you need Psychological Support.
Collaboration of the Center for Education and Childhood Development, University of Illinois - USA
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