What If Your Child is Scared? (6-30-15)


From Summer Activities for Children, Part 2:

Play “What If” about something scary. You can play it anywhere – in the car, on a bus, in a waiting room, at a restaurant. It takes no equipment other than brains and willingness to use them. Ask a “What If” question and take turns answering it. For example, “What if your neighbor got a new dog that scared you? By listening to your child’s answers you can learn how well prepared he is for that situation. By offering your own answers you can make sure your child has heard some good ways to handle the situation. (Your answers should not include “Don’t be afraid.” Accept that your child is afraid and offer ideas for what to do about those feelings, like “slowly walk away.”)

Come back to Daily Parenting Tips each day for another fun activity.

See more activities at Summer Activities for Children (2015), Part 1 and Summer Activities for Children (2015), Part 2.

 

 

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