Fear is a feeling of agitation and anxiety caused by the pressure of danger. So just imagine your children in a situation that terrifies them. What do you think is running through their heads?

Your kids' minds are constantly expanding. At this point, their understanding may be limited, and this makes the world a confusing place for them. Each developmental stage has distinct fears, and as your kids go through them, the things they are afraid of will change as well. Younger kids are typically afraid of loud noises, strangers, and unfamiliar objects. As they make sense of their environment, the things they fear may include the dark, ridicule, robbers, and even "monsters."

Dealing with your children's fears is a task you must tackle with great care and understanding. Most kids overcome their fears as they grow older, but getting to that point remains crucial. Here are some tips to help you along the way.

For more tips on helping your child overcome tough situations, check out these FN articles:

(First published in Good Housekeeping Magazine, Good Family Section as "Teacher Says" in October 2008; adapted for use in Female Network)
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