Fears: What to do about them
Fears arise when the child is about 4 years old; he/she does not completely know or understand the reality that surrounds him/her and mixes what is real and what is imaginary.
He/she believes in the existence of imaginary characters, and even invents characters that are hidden to hurt him/her.
Parents should not frighten their children with those stories of ogres and monsters; nor should they mock the children’s fears minimising or denying them.
It is important to listen to them and to let them express all their fears.
In these situations parents must show them affection and protection and should explain them over and over that ghosts, ogres and witches do NOT exist. In this way children will grow up being more self-confident.
As children mature they start to know reality better, leaving fears behind.