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Children and Fears
Authors: Giselle Goetze with Judith A. Myers-Walls, PhD, CFLE

 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!”

The 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!”

As 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.

Go to:   • Children's age-related fears
             Uncommon fears
            Ways to help children cope with their fears
            
  Helping children overcome fears
             Talking with parents about normal age-related fears
             Talking with parents about uncommon fears
            • Books about fears for children





For more information, contact Judith A. Myers-Walls, PhD, CFLE at jmyerswa@purdue.edu

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