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Fear is a typical response to new challenges or experiences. These situations make children feel uncertain, vulnerable, powerless, and anxious. up below to make sure you're on the list! Once ed up, you will immediately receive our popular Parent's Guide to a Growth Mindset. As a result, many children avoid the unfamiliar.
They prefer NOT to risk attempting something new, leading to missed opportunities, and setting a negative pattern that can persist into adult life.
Kids may fear trying new things for several reasons, including environment, upbringing, past experiences, and temperament. Cora Collette Breuner, M. This is another reason to praise effort, progress, and the process rather than only praising successful outcomes check out the Ultimate Guide to Praising Your Kids. Low self-esteem can be another factor causing risk-aversion in children.
Success can mean a willingness to try, put forth your best effort, and show gradual improvement. The activities help kids learn how to overcome their negative self-talk and start believing in themselves and their abilities. How did you learn to do this? How did you get better at this skill? Help them shift their perspective by keeping an adventure diary. Write about all the times your child was brave and attempted something new, and update the diary regularly.
If possible, you can add pictures, drawings, or small mementos for decoration. Also, include details about how well your child did or how much fun you and your child had when trying this new activity. The next time your child is afraid to try something new, break out the adventure diary, and talk about the great times you had because your child was brave enough to try.
When you talk to your child about trying new things, make it a discussion rather than a lecture.
While you should encourage your child to take risks, you should avoid pushing too hard. Instead of pushing your child beyond their perceived limits, let them take short breaks and return to the challenging task reenergized. Allowing short breaks to regroup will help your child feel calmer and more comfortable, making the experience more positive. For example, have your family sit at the dinner table so your child can practice approaching and asking to sit with you.
Practice conversations, greetings, and other interactions that make your child feel nervous. These dress rehearsals will familiarize your child with new situations, making them feel less unfamiliar and scary.
As your child begins to feel confident and prepared, their worries about new social situations will dissipate. Think of it like learning to ride a bike by starting with training wheels. For instance, if your child is nervous about playing a piano piece at a recital, they can first perform at home in front of mom and dad.
Next, they can play the piece for a friend. Later, they can perform for a larger audience, like at your next family gathering. Each step gradually brings your child closer to playing confidently at their recital. If your child is afraid to get in a pool, try playing in sprinklers first and allowing the water to touch their faces. Our popular The Confidence of a Lion poster is a wonderful way to build self-esteem, help kids recognize their strengths, and encourage positive self-talk.
If we want our children to try their best and reach their fullest potential, we must help them overcome the fear of attempting something new. These strategies and activities help children build confidence and collect positive experiences associated with trying new things.
Today I had such a struggle taking my daughter to new dance class. I felt hopeless watching her sit on the floor in the corner of the class for an hour. Reading these tips gives me so much hope and encouragement. I look forward now, to discussing it with her. Creating a adventure diary and all! in close. We've sent you an with a link to update your password. No yet? Shopping cart close. No products in the cart. Post. Next Post. October 16, at am. Heather McCuskey says:.
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