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.

Sign up for our newsletter to get even more finds delivered right to your inbox.

Click here to email Jeanine, the author of this post.


From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...


Moms Are Freaking Out About This Really Simple Registry Gift

Buying baby shower gifts can be so hard. Especially if ...


Keep Your Kids Entertained While School's Out With Amazon Prime Video Kids

If you're a parent, chances are you're probably ...


Can You Believe These Gorgeous Backpacks Are Actually Diaper Bags?!

I thought diaper bags were pretty stylish when I was ...


These Matching Family Pajamas Are Perfect For The Holidays!

Looking for ideas for the perfect photo op for your ...


Attention Parents: These Are The Hottest Holiday Toys For 2017

Every Christmas season, parents are reminded of the classic holiday ...