PSP 134: Helping Kids Who Have a Fear of Bad Guys

Hands down the number one fear I deal with as a child therapist is the fear of bad guys. It isn’t surprising. I remember being a child myself, sitting in my bed, blanket up to my neck, wondering not if, but when I be attacked.

Does your child have a fear of bad guys? Learn what to do and what not to do to make that fear go away.

The fear of bad guys is often handled with platitudes like:

I’m right here
Who is going to hurt you
Nothing has ever happened to you
Why do you worry so much

In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast, I explore why those platitudes aren’t helpful and what to do and say instead.

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