Kids

What Are You Afraid Of? Are You Passing Your Fears Onto Your Kids?

June 14, 2011 by Mom Jeanine
shefinds | Kids

If you’ve been keeping up with MOMfinds, I’ve been alluding to my family’s recent trip to Orlando. The weather was great, my daughter had a blast so all in all it was a good trip. There was one surprise, though. My daughter is a total rollercoaster fiend.

I, on the other hand, am a total wuss when it comes to rides. I don’t get on anything that spins and definitely not on anything the goes upside down. So imagine my surprise when my 2-year-old daughter was begging to go on all the rides at Disneyworld and the local carnivals. I was in shock.

When she first asked to go on the kiddie coaster above, I asked her “You’re not afraid?” She responded “No” and immediately I wanted to kick myself for even bringing it up. Here my little girl was feeling brave enough to go on her first rollercoaster and I was attempting to hold her back because of my fear. Not my proudest moment.

Last week I was taken back to the fear issue when a giant, disgusting water bug infiltrated our apartment. When I saw it I was paralyzed with fear and couldn’t do anything but scream about how gross it was. My daughter watched on in fear as well, but mostly because she’d never seen her mother behave like such a baby.

So I’m wondering, what do you do to prevent passing your personal fears down to your kids? Whether it’s heights or bugs like me, is there anything we can do stop our children from being held back by the same phobias we have? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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