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Getting ready for Halloween can be so much fun; the days are filled with excitement over new costumes, parties and plenty of goodies. At the same time, many kids and teens are coming face-to-face with some of their biggest fears. Dr. Rebecca Nelson, NorthShore child and adolescent psychologist notes that having fears is perfectly normal, and times like Halloween offer a lot of opportunities for parents to start a discussion in order to help their children better understand their emotions. She offers useful tips below for main points you can cover:
Children need a sense of control over fears to effectively address them.
Children with sensitive temperaments can benefit from extra planning for Halloween.
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Remember: We want to manage their emotions so their emotions don't manage them.