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When I’m feeling scared

Text and illustration: Trace Moroney / Publisher in Arabic: Dar al-Huda

Distribution: September, 2018

It’s easy for anyone to be scared of some things, like the dark or dangerous animals! But lots of other things aren’t really as scary as they seem. Each of the books in this series has been carefully designed to help children better understand their feelings, and in doing so, develop confidence and self-esteem as they grow. Talking about feelings teaches children that it is normal to feel sad, or angry, or scared at times. With greater tolerance of challenging feelings, children become free to enjoy their world, to feel secure in their abilities, and to be happy.

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Whether we are young or old, we experience fear, just as we do happiness, sadness, anger and other human emotions.

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Parent Suggestions – When I’m Scared

Dear Parents,

Whether we are young or old, we experience fear, just as we do happiness, sadness, anger and other human emotions. Children may feel scared in many situations: when separating from us, when integrating in a new educational framework, or alone in the dark, or when the encounter creatures such as spiders. Many children with very rich imagination feel scared of things that are not logical for adults, so we try to calm them.
It is important to give legitimacy to a child’s fear and show understanding, even if we think the fear is unfounded. The fear is real to the child who appeals to as a safe zone. We can talk to our child about his fear and calm him by showing him that fear is a natural feeling. We can have a conversation about what makes him scared and try to find ways to reduce his fear.
At the same time, fear will diminish as a child gains self-confidence, appreciation and love. Spending time with the child, taking to him, playing with him, and reading a book with him will help him explore his abilities and develop them, which will help him to deal with difficult feelings, including fear, anger sadness, jealousy.

Some thoughts regarding this book…

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  • We can have a conversation with our child about what scares him. We can encourage him to articulate how he physically feel that moment.
  • People’s reactions to fear vary: Some scream, others sweat, and others may feel. It might be very helpful to share our child with things that scare us and what are our physical reactions.
  • What might reduce our fear in different situations? We can think together of practical ways that children can react, by calling for help, breathing deeply, or talking to someone he trusts.
  • Sometimes, when we can really point out at what exactly makes us scared, it gives us control over it that fealing. We can encourage our child to draw what makes him scared.
  • While encouraging the child to draw what scares him, it is good to encourage him to thinks of what relieves him of fear and draw it as well. Seeing these two drawings next to each other may help him gain confidence and reduce his fear.

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