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Helping Older Kids Deal with Their Fears

“Mommy! I’m scared!”

I can’t count how many times I’ve awoken to this midnight cry from each of my three children. I expected it when they were little, but my youngest two are 13 and 9, and it’s still not unusual for them to wake me up because they’ve either had a bad dream or totally freaked themselves out in the middle of the night.

My kids have wonderful, rich imaginations, which is a quality I love in them. But along with awesome creativity, that imagination also leads to a lot of scary thoughts. Tack on a family history of anxiety, and it seems that my offspring are hardwired for irrational fear.

And honestly, that’s been one of the hardest things for me to handle as a parent.

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