How to Comfort a Scared Child
October 28, 2020
No parent ever wants to see their child upset..but sometimes it can be tough to know how to comfort them when they feel nervous or afraid. Do you hug them tightly? Talk to them? There are so many ways things can escalate!
Here are three things to keep in mind when comforting a scared child.
Allow for Expression
If your child finds it hard to express their problems in words, there are still many ways to listen to them. Mediums such as drawing or acting it out with toys allow them to express their problems out.
Allow for lesser involvement
By telling them exactly what to do in these situations, it may not allow them to figure out solutions on their own. Similar to helping your child with their homework, letting them work out the solution on their own with minimal help is a good way for them to learn and understand how to solve the question more effectively in the future.
This does not mean that they will never need help, but you should try to let them experience the problem fully before offering a helping hand!
Never discount their problems
Although you may not understand what they are going through, one thing you should never do is disregard their problems and how they are feeling. Although they might not have anything to really fear about, the emotions they are feeling are still very real. Let them know that they can talk to you without judgment!
Overall, being patient and having an open mind will be the best attitude in approaching a scared child. They will have nothing to fear if you are near!
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