Introducing children to new things, introducing them to their friends is the thing you want to introduce the most, right? by knowing the common fears that children experience. You can find the best way out so that taste Fright experienced by children can gradually decrease. So that children become brave and get used to the things that you teach them. Then what are the common fears experienced by children?
Here are 7 types of fear that are usually experienced by children:
1. Fear of Being Alone
A child’s fear of being alone is normal. Given that children still think that the only person they know is you their parents. Therefore, when they first entered school they would cry because they were afraid because there was no one they knew around. Even when they first wake up in the morning and see that their mother is not at their bedside, they will spontaneously cry out in fear. To deal with cases like this, the most important thing applied to your little one is to give explanations slowly so that children want to be independent and start doing everything themselves. That way the child will begin to digest and get used to being independent.
2. Fear of the Dark
The fear of dark places is also one of the most common fears that are encountered in most children. Not only children, sometimes we as adults still feel panic when in the dark alone. The fear experienced by this child is sometimes triggered by several factors such as trauma due to being scared, watching scary movies, imagining scary events while in a dark place and so on. Even children are often frightened by their own shadows by assuming that these shadows continue to follow them. (Read: 5 Tips for Overcoming Dark Fear in Children)
To face and overcome children with fears like this you can start by giving an explanation slowly that a dark place will not be too scary. In addition, give time for children to learn to adapt to darkness, because basically the child will not be able to handle it on their own at the same time, that’s why give a little time so that he can recognize objects in the environment he fears. That way, gradually the child’s fear of darkness will decrease.
3. Fear of Nightmares
You may have been shocked and woken up when you heard the screams of children at night. Suddenly the child will wake up and cry. This could be due to nightmares they experience while sleeping. Not infrequently, the nightmares experienced by children can be triggered because they often watch scary films so that the images and euphoria still remain in their minds until they are carried away by dreams. Although this fear will not be dangerous for children, it cannot be denied that children often wake up at night because of the nightmares they experience. This will certainly disrupt sleep and reduce the quality of children’s sleep. To overcome this fear, it is better if you start to accompany, limit and provide an explanation that what he is watching is just a story that will not happen in the real world. That way, the child will begin to understand and his fear will decrease a little.
4. Fear of Fights and Fights
Noise, screaming, fighting will make children feel uncomfortable and unprotected. In addition, the children also do not understand the reasons behind the argument, for this reason, when the children see anyone fighting, they will feel afraid. In fact, not infrequently, in some cases there are many children who have excessive fear when they see a fight so that they experience a decrease in body functions such as a body shivering to fainting because of fear they cannot control. For that, it is better if you keep all forms of violence and fighting away from children so that they are not afraid.
5. Lightning And Lightning
The sudden loud light and sound, of course, will shock anyone who sees and hears, especially children. When seeing and hearing lightning and flashes of light, children tend to close their ears or hide. The sound of thunderous thunder makes children frightened, so it’s no wonder that lightning and lightning are one of the most common fears encountered in children.
How to deal with children who are afraid of lightning, you can do this by starting to acknowledge the child’s fear. Because when he is afraid, it is certainly not easy for him to accept your words that the source of his fear is actually not dangerous. For that, you should admit your fear by saying “I know that Guntur is scary, but I’m sure you can overcome this fear, dear”. The second way you can do this is by proposing a safer and more comfortable ‘hiding’ place to minimize fear. For example, when he is hiding behind the door, you can give advice to go to a safer room.
6. Fear of Fireworks
Although for some children, fireworks games are so much fun. But in fact, not for some other children. The loud sound that exploded loudly and the sparks were so dangerous, in fact it made some children feel in danger. For this reason, why children will be scared when watching fireworks that are burned at a distance that is quite close to him. For that, it’s best to leave some distance when you burn or set off fireworks so that your little one can still watch without being overshadowed by the fear of the dangers that threaten him.
7. Fear of Animals
Animals can be scary things for kids. Especially the animals they have never encountered. This could be because most of their time is spent at home with their parents, so when they encounter something new, children will tend to feel scared. For this reason, introducing animals through pictures alone will not be enough to make them recognize animals. Therefore, there is nothing wrong if occasionally on weekends invite your child to visit the zoo and start introducing him to various types of animals.
As a parent you certainly want to give your child peace. By recognizing some of the common fears in children and how simple ways to overcome them will certainly make your child bolder. In addition, you can also help children to socialize and make them more confident when they are in a new environment or with new people.