Being the parent of a 4-year-old, I regularly see barriers that stop her in her tracks. Walking into a dark room to put away a toy is one. She will come find me wherever I am in the house and let me know it’s dark and that she can’t put her toys away. What’s her fear? Monsters. Yes, the classic fear of a monster looming in that dark room immobilizes her. Stepping off a curb into a busy parking lot has the same “stop her in her tracks” effect. She is afraid of the large moving cars and will look up and reach out to take my hand so she can cross the parking lot safely. Do you see the difference between these two barriers that stop her in her tracks? One fear I encourage her to conquer on her own. The other, I actually validate as being healthy and help her navigate.