When there is a persistent, abnormal and unjustified fear of all kinds of plants we are talking about what is called Botanophobia. This type of phobia generates high levels of stress to those who suffer from it and various symptoms of anxiety. This unfounded fear can occur in the little ones. Why do
When there is a persistent, abnormal and unjustified fear of all kinds of plants we are talking about what is called Botanophobia. This type of phobia generates high levels of stress to those who suffer from it and various symptoms of anxiety. This unfounded fear can occur in the little ones.
Why do children have fears of plants?
Usually when you live a bad experience. In the stage between 2 to 8 years, where fears and fears are usually common. Most of them, even those that seem insignificant to us, usually appear because of the bad experiences that children experience and experience.
There are fears as to darkness, strangers or loneliness, which are natural, however, fears for bad experiences are due to accidents with elements that unconsciously associated with their discomfort. In the case of Botanophobia, the child associates plants with their discomfort
What to do in the face of this fear of plants
Parents have to be careful when facing these types of fears since they can suppose limitations in the development of the child. To help children, parents can:
- Identify what the child produces fear.
- Be understanding and talk about what causes fear and feel heard.
- Encourage him to face fear gradually and without forcing him.
- Transmit security and confidence with a relaxed tone.
- Do not avoid the fear situation. Doing this will overcome the fear momentarily but not definitively.
Children with high sensitivity
When we talk about children with high sensitivity we are not saying that they have a disease, nor is it a syndrome. It is a temperament that 15 to 20% of children have. Having this sensitivity so high makes you live things in a deeper way and leads you to experience emotions with great intensity, including fear.
The intensity with which the child lives things causes him to react excessively with crying and screaming. Faced with the emotion of fear, the child reacts exaggeratedly to insignificant things, in this case, the plants.
It is important that parents are with their children in this situation because it is up to them to learn to control themselves. Therefore, parents can:
- Maintain serenity. Breathe deeply and let the child express himself.
- Offer activities that calm you down.
- Read a book about emotions to recognize the terms of your mood.
- Let the child learn words for his emotions. This will control their impulses and serve as a protective mechanism to soften their reactions.