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Fear No More

Arthur stands with his arms crossed.

Gather markers, paper (a large sheet), and stuffed animals or puppets


Tell your child about something that used to scare you as a child (for example, a visit to the doctor, sirens, thunder). Ask for their advice: What do you think I could have done to make myself feel less afraid? Encourage suggestions, and write them down on a large piece of paper.


Introduce a stuffed animal. Ask your child what the animal could be afraid of. Make the toy ask for advice: How can I make myself feel less afraid? Have your child offer ideas (such as cuddling with mom or dad or singing a favorite song). Next, have the toy act out some of the advice and report how it feels: I feel better! Thanks!

Talk about it

As your child grows, encourage talking about fears and finding ways to manage them.

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