The more children get to know the many things around them, the less likely they are to be afraid.
It is natural for children to have a specific fear of certain things. Even though children are brave, sometimes they are still have fear and discomfort.
Fear is part of a child’s learning of the world around him. Therefore, the fear of children also depends on their age. The more children get to know more about the things around them, the less likely they are to be afraid.
The following Thevolume.net summarizes the fears of children based on their age, reported by Parents:
0-2 years old
Newborns up to the age of 2 years are generally still digesting the world around them. That’s why they are often afraid of the faces of people who are not familiar with them. This fear of strangers is related to separation anxiety, which generally peaks at 6-8 months of age.
In addition to stranger faces and separation, children at this age usually experience a fear of loud noises and people in costumes that look threatening to them, such as people in black robes or clowns.
3-4 years old
At the age of 3-4 years, children begin to overcome their fear of strangers and separation. However, he may begin to be wary of the animals around him, such as dogs, cats, and other animals. This is a natural response where at this age the child’s brain begins to work actively to be alert and protect itself from danger. So, don’t be surprised if previously children were familiar with pets, at this age they can suddenly become very scared.
In addition to animals, at the age of 3-4 years, children begin to recognize the concept of dark and light. This often makes children afraid of the dark, along with their fantasies that make them even more scary.
5-6 years old
School, for children aged 5-6 years, is a relatively new experience. For children, they don’t really know what the rules at school are like and what their expectations are for the school. This is what makes children fear school, especially if children see other students being corrected or disciplined for their mistakes.
At this age full of changes, your child may start having frequent nightmares. They are still trying to understand what is real and what is not, such as ghosts, monsters, and so on. Because of the fear, the child may feel that his imagination is really happening in the real world.
7-10 years old
Sudden tragedies, such as natural disasters, epidemics, accidents, or fires, often frighten 7-10 year olds. At this age, children have begun to be able to read the news and historical stories they have learned at school. They are also more aware of what is happening to the world today.
Along with this, children aged 7 years or more often experience fear of getting sick or dying. So don’t be surprised if they tend to talk about death more seriously at this age range.
Age 10 years and over
At the age of 10 years and over, a child’s fear is no longer unreal, but rather leads to things that cannot be controlled, such as social interactions, physical appearance, rejection from peers, and so on.
This can be understood because the child is moving to the age of adolescence, where social acceptance is very important for him at this age. Being a teenager is not easy, Ma.
If you see your child’s fears starting to interfere with their daily lives and reduce their quality of life, don’t hesitate to consult a child psychologist to get the appropriate diagnosis and treatment to overcome their fears.
I hope this information is useful, ma’am.