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Teaching My Kids How to Overcome Fear

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We all deal with fear. Whether fear of speaking in public, fear of flying, fear of failure, or any other kind, fear can paralyze us. Many young people today look at their parents and think parents don’t experience fear. You and I both know that’s not true.

I have had many fears in my life. But life is about overcoming our fears. And I teach my children how to overcome fear by telling them these 4 things.

1. Fear can be good.

If I fear the right things, that fear keeps me in line. You need to discern what’s good to fear.

2. Don’t let fear keep you from trying things.

Some fear is healthy, but the wrong fears will keep you from experiencing some fun activities. Never let fear hold you back from doing things you’d enjoy. Be courageous enough to step out where it’s uncomfortable.

3. Don’t fear being different.

This is a big one our kids need to overcome. I encourage my kids to be the person God created them to be and not someone the culture tells them they should be.

When we overcome fears, we grow stronger in the long run.

4. Overcoming fear will make you stronger.

It’s human nature to be afraid. However, when we overcome fears, we grow stronger in the long run. Every time we move forward in the face of fear, we get a little braver and a little more likely to overcome our challenges. 

Earn some points: Are you married? If so, share this iMOM article with your wife: 18 Signs of Fear, Anger and Sadness in Children.

Sound off: How do you overcome fear?

Huddle up with your kids and ask, “What are some things that you’re afraid of?”