Fears and worries

If your child is anxious or afraid you should acknowledge your child’s fear, not ignore or dismiss it.

Gently encourage your child to face a fear or something they are anxious about, making sure you praise them when they try. Every experience is an opportunity to learn.

Make sure your child doesn’t see an attempt as a failure, praise them for trying and discuss how they can try again. Don’t push them to face situations they are fearful of, and avoid labelling your child as ‘anxious’ or criticising them for being afraid.

Instead, talk to your child about their fear and suggest some ideas of how they might overcome this. Provide a safe environment for them to try and talk to your child about what happened, what they felt and what they might do next time.

Image Young child is comforted by their parent

Published — 30 August 2016 Last updated — 31 October 2016

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