What are ghosts afraid of?

Everyday family life in the corona crisis

Most parents know the situation: My child is afraid and reasonable explanations will not help. So what can I do as a mother or father? The first step in helping a fearful child can be to see fear for what it is: a huge development opportunity!

What is fear

Fear is an innate feeling that is part of the basic emotional makeup of humans. Complex processes in the brain and in the endocrine system put the entire human organism on alert. This manifests itself in different symptoms: anxiety, palpitations, tremors, sweating, dry mouth, urination, nausea or sleep disorders. Of course, fear is therefore perceived as unpleasant and annoying, but in principle it is part of healthy mental development. It trains people in dealing with dangers. Humanity could not have developed successfully without fear - we would have long since died out. It also promotes development processes. Whenever one has mastered a fear-inducing situation, one's own automatism and the feeling of self-efficacy grow.

What are the children's fears?

We can distinguish two categories of child fears:

1.) Environmental fears
These are fears that do not occur in a certain development phase, but are triggered by specific causes in the child's environment. It can be harmless triggers, such as the birth of a sibling, or more serious triggers, such as a family trauma that can only be managed with therapeutic help. Read the article (child psychologist) ...

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2.) Developmental fears
These are fears that every child experiences in the course of their development with varying degrees of intensity - depending on their temperament. They typically appear at a certain stage of development and usually go away on their own.

Children often develop at very different speeds in different areas. The following age information is intended only as an approximate guide. Fears that would be expected in a developmental phase, but only emerge later or a little earlier, are just as normal as child fears that have apparently already been overcome and that suddenly become noticeable again.

In the first ten weeks of life