Helping Your Child Deal With Fear

Helping Your Child Deal With Fear
No matter how parents try to make sure their children are secure and happy, there will always be fears. Any child can become frightened, but some seem to be more naturally fearful about many things.
    Common fears among children are:
  • Fear of storms
  • Fear of the dark
  • Fear doctor visits
  • Fear of being left by their parents
  • Fear of monsters

Some are the result of a negative experience while others develop without cause.

Even when these fears seem illogical and even amusing to parents, they are very real to the child. It is important not to make light of the situation. You can seldom talk or reason the child out of the fear. You want to encourage confidence and peace of mind.
    How can you help your child overcome fear?
  1. Prepare yourself with prayer.
    Ask God to help you with a solution that is specifically designed for your child.
  2. Identify the fear exactly.
    When you talk to your child, stay neutral - Don’t pass judgment. Reassure him that it’s OK to have fears, without reinforcing the fear.
  3. Pray with your child. Let them know that we can go to God with everything, our sadness our happiness and our fear.
  4. Prepare for upcoming scary events:
    Talk about upcoming situations that you know may cause anxiety. Talk about what it will be like so that there are as few surprises as possible.
  5. Pray with your child, emphasizing the positive. Use simple words, thanking God for the benefits of the event. Such as "Thank you Father that the doctor will give me medicine so I will feel better." Ask for His assistance in helping to make the situation go smoothly.

Start making a habit of memorizing simple reassuring Bible verses with your child.
These are a few suggestions from the King James Bible translation. You may have another translation that you prefer.
Psalm 34:4 I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Hebrews 13:5...He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

1Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.

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