My fearless little two-year-old has recently become scared of EVERYTHING! She is scared of the water hose, scared of the Jeep, scared of bikes, scooters, motorcycles, helicopters … The list seems to never end. I never dealt with this with my (now) 8 year old! So, I’m at a bit of a loss here.
Apparently, from what I have been reading this is a pretty common thing.
According to BabyCenter “It’s normal for your child to be fearful. After all, anxiety is a natural condition that helps us cope with new experiences and protects us from danger. Some 2-year-olds are frightened of very specific things: bugs, dogs, the dark, even the vacuum cleaner. Other kids are afraid of new situations or meeting new people. Most of your 2-year-old’s fears will fade as she becomes more secure in herself and her environment.”
We have been trying to work with her about her fears but to be perfectly honest (and I know other parents will agree) – “explaining” away a fear to a two-year-old is like trying to make a brick wall understand physics. Nothing gets through!
Some of the suggestions that I’ve heard are to expose the child to the fear – demonstrate that the vaccuum won’t suck up your big brother so it won’t suck you up either! Use “lovies” (stuffies, blankies) to stand guard over the child. Practice and pretend (like – easing a child’s fears about Doctor offices).
Most importantly – don’t show your child that YOU are scared of something! This one is REALLY difficult for me – at least when we go off-roading in our Jeep. Juliana used to LOVE going on Jeep rides. But I guess since I showed some fear a couple times she really flips out. I know we are safe – but still. It’s a little scary sometimes.
This will be an ongoing process I guess. If you have ANY tips to share please do! I appreciate it!