Talking About Feelings and Fears
| December 10, 2019
“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting and less scary.” - Fred Rogers
It can be hard for anyone--including young people--to confront their fears. Fears can seem small--like being afraid of the dark; or fears can seem really big--like the fear of losing a loved one when they’re sick. But a big step in making fears (and feelings!) more manageable is naming or mentioning them. Once a child can take that step with you or themselves, they can talk about what scares them, why it scares them and how to make it less scary.
Support children in managing their fears and embracing bravery by helping them find language and names for what they’re scared of. Ask questions, be gentle and patient and talk with them about their fear and how you can be brave together.
Here’s a personal account of a parent using Fred Rogers' words to inspire how she helps her children manage their fears. Also, don’t miss the new Mister Rogers movie, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” that’s in theaters now!
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