The Age by Age Guide to Fears
Halloween will be here before we know it, but some fears are all year around. Parents.org made a quick guide to managing common childhood frights. See the highlights below.
Baby and Toddlers (0-2): strangers, loud noises, people in costume.
How to Help? The key word is comfort. “An infant or a young toddler is still developing a secure attachment with you, and all he really needs to know is that you’re there to keep him safe,” says Janine Domingues, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute, in New York City, who specializes in anxiety.
Preschoolers (3-4 years): dogs, the dark, change
How to Help? Strike a balance between rushing in to rescue your kid and sticking around for a bit so she can get used to a situation, says Natasha Burgert, M.D., a pediatrician in Kansas City, Missouri.
Read more about the entire guide by Parents here!