Helping Children to Overcome Fear
Parents can help Children to overcome Fear
1.How Parents can Help Children to overcome FearReference: From School Library - 'A Parent’s Guide to Bringing up Kids' – Article – "How to Deal with your Child’s Fear" - A Reader’s Digest Selection, RDI Print and Publishing Ltd. Mumbai - Printed in the year 2000 –
2.Never Punish or Ridicule a Child for being Afraid.When Children know Parents accept their Fears as Genuine, they are more likely to believe their Reassurances.
3.Do not force a Youngster to deny or hide FearThere are many ways parents can enable a youngster to overcome fears. Often just giving information is effective. “When my six-year-old was terrified of bees,” one father says, “I explained how they worked hard to help fruits and flowers grow, and that if she left the bees alone, they would be too busy to bother her.” Another man helped his child overcome his fear of thunder: “He was too young to understand about air masses colliding, but I explained how to count the seconds between the lightning and flash and thunder so he would know ‘how far away’ the noise was.” Obviously facts won’t dispel fears until a child old enough to respond to logical reasoning. But children of all ages feel more secure with a rational explanation when they do not yet fully understand it. Because children pattern themselves on their parents, modelling is another important technique.
4.Look at a Child’s Fear from his Perspective, not your 'Grown Up' one“A ghost or bogeyman often represents a real fear that the child cannot handle.” “But it doesn’t help to tell a youngster there are no such things. They are quite real to the child. You can look under the bed and ‘prove’ there’s no one there, and still be told ‘It doesn’t come out until after you leave!”
5.Prepare a Child for any Major change that will affect his or her LifeTreat anxiety about change with respect so the youngster feels he has a right to feel distressed.
6.Be watchful for signs of Emotional StressParents should always keep a watchful eye on the kids to know whether there are any substantial change in their behavioural pattern, so that a helping hand can be extended to them to take care of their Emotional Stress.
7.Avoid Lectures.It is not helpful to ridicule,ignore, or use logic. Think back to your own childhood. How often did you hear phrases like: "There is no such thing as a monster," "Don't be such a baby," "There are no lions or bears for miles and miles from here," or "Pet the nice doggie, he won't hurt you." Did statements such as these really make you feel any better?
Scolding - Fear
|Many times Kids do mistakes Unknowingly. Make the Child understand their mistakes in a Convincing Manner. This helps the Child not to repeat the mistakes. But Scolding the Child for everything brings in him a sort of Fear. Slowly this Fear occupies the Child's mind and grows into a Monster and develops in him many unwanted qualities like Hiding Facts, Stubbornness, Irritation, Disrespectful, In-humanness etc.|
Switch off the 'IM' Monster
I can't, I'm too scared, types of Feeling brings the "Im"(Impatient, Impossible etc.) Monster. He brings countless Fears within us. So visit this Presentation with the help of Slide Show Tool and see how to overcome this Feeling.
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Mr. "WHAT IF" Vs Mr. "WHAT ELSE"
|"What If" always brings Worry. 'What if this Happens' or 'What if that Happens', types of 'Thinking' brings Fear in us.
Alternatively if we make "Mr. What Else" as our Friend, he will give us Confidence to think in different manners and thus we can overcome the Fear in us.
Teachers Help in Overcoming Fear in Students
They may help in creating a community like environment in the class. They can promote group based activities in the class. Outdoor or field trips may help students to learn and overcome various types of fear.
Expression of Ideas
They may help students by allowing them to express their ideas freely.
Overcome Fear of Less Marks
They may help those students who score less marks by guiding them in the areas where they are weak.
Do not 'Compare'
Teachers play a major role in overcoming many types of fear in students in the class. One easy way they can help by not comparing students with each other.
The teacher may give an opportunity to each student and not only to a group of students and this will help to overcome the fear.
Listening to Students
The teacher may help in encouraging the students to express their Fears without any hesitation, so that proper counselling could be given to them.
Before you say:"I CAN'T"....say: "I'll TRY !" - One Way of Removing Fear.
|He is Montu. He is trying to put the ball in the basket,but before trying itself, he said no I can't and after sometime he tried and gave his best. By this we can say everyone is special and capable. "I can't"- word creates the FEAR in kids, they need to be always encouraged.|
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