A week after a fire drill, 3-year-old Renee was still talking about it. She said to her childcare provider, “There’s no fire. It was just a practice. There’s no fire, right?” The provider doesn’t understand why fire drills are such a big deal to this child.
Children at a childcare center were happily playing outside when Manuel, age 5, suddenly threw his toys, dropped to the ground, covered his head, and screamed, “A bee! A bee!”
mother of 4-year-old Gus arrived Monday morning complaining. “He
is still scared of the dark. He wouldn’t stay in his room during
the storm last night. I didn’t get any sleep with him in my bed!
When will he learn!? Man, am I tired!”
a childcare provider, you work with children who have different kinds
of fears. Parents may ask you about the fears their children have. Or,
you might see fears in children and want to talk to the parents about
them. You might also see parents doing things that increase the fears
in their children. This section provides information about several topics:
recognizing children’s fears, understanding normal age-related fears,
and understanding uncommon fears.
For more information, contact Judith A. Myers-Walls, PhD, CFLE at email@example.com
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