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Easing their hearts

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 22-01-2007

Follow these tips to help lay your toddlers’ fears to rest:

  • Take it slow: Have unfamiliar friends and relatives say hello to your children while you hold them in your arms.

  • Look and learn: Have them look at older kids sit calmly in the barber chair (and receive a lollipop at the end). This will prepare them for the experience

  • Be honest: Don’t say that the shot won’t hurt, because it will. Instead, reassure your children that it’ll sting for only a moment and that they’ll be okay. You’ll send the message that they can handle the things that worry them

  • Try a comfort object: such as a favorite doll or blanket. These can help reassure toddlers during moments of stress

  • Have fun with it: Kids use play to master scary situations. A toy doctor’s kit can help your toddlers learn what to expect at checkups. Likewise, a stuffed animal can make dogs appear less frightening