The first time I took my daughter to a fun park was a real disaster. In front of so many lights and so many colors, she almost did not blink, and if it were not for a boy, dressed as a clown and with a huge nose of a ball that stopped to offer her a candy, everything would continue to be a peaceful
The first time I took my daughter to a fun park was a real disaster. In front of so many lights and so many colors, she almost did not blink, and if it were not for a boy, dressed as a clown and with a huge nose of a ball that stopped to offer her a candy, everything would continue to be a peaceful scenario full of stimuli for me. little.
But it was not like that. Upon seeing the clown, my daughter started and stopped crying no more. From an expression full of illusion that was in her face she ended up showing her side more fear and frightening.
Why some children are afraid of clowns
Coulrophobia or clown phobia is very common among children, especially among children. I have noticed it at parties or carnival parades, in circuses or in parks, when a clown approaches children. I think that the clowns' strong color makeup, apart from the flashy and extravagant dress, is the reason why children get scared.
It is impressive how the human brain can create real panic to some things that for others go unnoticed. Of the fears that my daughter had when she was very little, I think that the clown is one of those who has completely overcome. So much so that when she turned 7 years old, she asked us to bring a clown to play and make her and her friends laugh. They had a great time.
The fears of children are irrational and, for the most part, temporary and temporary, especially in their first years of life. That is why it is very important for parents to be cautious when their baby establishes some contact with a character or someone wearing a costume, because until 3 years of age children do not know how to differentiate fiction from reality. They are not able to differentiate if the clown is a normal person or if behind his immense hair and his striking makeup hides a normal person.
Nor should we forget that fear of clowns is not only a child's thing. There are adults who can not even see them. So no one can force a child to understand something for which he is not prepared. Little by little the children will be able to understand what a disguise is and even to play at being a clown. They just need to feel safe and understood, nothing more.