Parenting Strategies

(Free Printable) How to Overcome Fear 1 Step at a Time

(Free Printable) How to Overcome Fear 1 Step at a Time

Use The Bravery Ladder method to help yourself (or a loved one) overcome fear 1 step at a time.

If you are a parent, your child can use this method to overcome fear of public speaking, speaking up in class and performing onstage, amongst others.

This method takes time though - it’s not a quick fix. But it’s a worthwhile journey!

Share your Goals.


If your child does not have any goals, you can start by sharing your own adult goals with them.

You might be surprised to learn that your child or teen is interested in your aims and long-term plans.

If you are a stay-at-home-parent, you can share your own aims of raising happy, healthy children or your volunteer work (if you do any).

Sharing and supporting each others’ goals is one way to motivate your child to set his or her own goals.

There is a Reason Behind Every ‘Bad’ Behaviour


Labelling our child as a ‘lazy child’, a ‘careless child’ and a ‘troublemaker’ (etc) will reinforce these labels on our child.

Hearing these labels all the time will create a belief in their minds that they are indeed lazy, careless and a troublemaker.

As a result, they will continue to behave that way.

Shift our mindsets to think that there is a reason behind every ‘bad’ behaviour.

Maybe your child wants more attention, wants to get more expressions of love from you – or wants to feel a sense of belonging!

Try Changing Strategies


If we can’t seem to communicate with a loved one – be it a friend, spouse, a family member or our own child, try changing strategies.

(If you a parent, don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you have a ‘lousy’ child or that you are a ‘lousy’ parent.)

If talking harshly, nagging, ordering or being too passive doesn’t work, change to a different strategy.

Keep changing strategies till you find one which produces some positive results!

Einstein defines insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” 🙂

Encouraging Parents Create a World of Difference!


This is a quick tip for parents out there 🙂

Encouraging parents make a world of difference to their kids. 🙂

If your child keeps failing Maths, for example, encourage him or her by saying, “If you work hard, I know you can get B3 for your Maths”, “I believe in you” and “I’m confident you can score better marks in your next test – you can do it.”

Children or teens who have encouraging parents are less likely to get influenced by negative comments made by friends or even teachers.

If we show them that we have faith in them, they are less likely to get affected by comments such as “You have no aptitude in Maths.” (Trust me, my Secondary 3 Maths teacher once told me that! =P)

Sincerely have faith in your children and you will reap the rewards over time.