Childhood psychologists will regularly speak to the parents of children affected by fears, some tips that they suggest are:
* Comfort the child and let them know that you take their fears seriously, but never play along with their imaginary fears (for example don’t check in the cupboards for scary monsters).
* When your child asks questions don’t embellish stories with exaggerated details and let them know that you will always answer any question they are concerned about.
* Encourage your child to confront the object of their fear slowly and one step at a time at their own pace. For example in your sons case encourage him to climb the ladder of the slippery slide or jumping on a jumping castle, while trying not to make him feel pressured.
* Allow your child some control and give them small responsibilities as well as routine through the day to help instill a sense of calm and safety in their daily routines.
Bush Flower Essences work subtly on the emotions and may help to bring about a sense of calm for your son by helping to release any stress or nervousness. Bush Flower Remedies are available from most health food stores; you may choose up to seven and have them blended for you at the store. Alternatively you may buy the remedies Calm & Clear or Emergency Essence if you are unable to find a store to mix them for you.
BUSH FLOWER ESSENCES FOR FEAR: