Friday, October 31, 2008

Children acquire fears through experience. A child stung by a bee may well develop fear of insects. A child who remembers the pain of an injection my well develop a phobia of going to a doctor's office. Fears can be triggered by abrupt changes in the family situation too - new birth, trouble in between parents and the likes.

Children may develop their own strategy in dealing with fears. A young child may pretend to be a super hero when imagined fears tend to be around. In their young minds, Superman or Spiderman - are invincible and in their fantasy games the all powerful super heroes can fend off any imagined foe.

A threatened sense of security underlies many childhood fears. The unfamiliar threatens him - a fear of strangers. Another security-related fear is the child's fear of being left by her parents. The other day my daughters, Ethan and I were at the mall when we saw a boy of about three walking aimlessly while crying. We figured he was lost so daughter # 4 ran after the little boy. I then asked him if he was lost and he said yes. I asked him his mother's name and he said "mama". We took the boy to the security department to take care of the matter while I was silently fuming for the "lost" mother. That incident would definitely have a traumatic effect on the child and maybe teach the mother to "not let go of her son's hand while at the mall."
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