DH has just had a go at him (and me) - apparently it's because I am too soft with him. He is only 5 - surely it's okay to be afraid of things? DS has quite a big imagination and I think that's part of it - he told me he thought the fireworks were going to land on him. I just don't think shouting at a 5 year old because they are frightened of fireworks (or anything for that matter) is right. How would you deal with this?
Loads of kids are scared of fireworks. He won't be scared when he's older.No point your dh shouting at him!
dd1 (4) is scared of dogs and cats. The dog thing is worse really, turns every trip to the park into an event fraught with potential trauma but what can you do? reassure them, keep calm about it and hope it passes!
Fireworks totally sensible fear! Also dogs. Cats, if a bad experience, I can see. Ducks? - does he not like the idea of big birds flying near him? If so, that's quite logical too.
My ds has (& has since a toddler, he's 11 now) a real morbid horror of ... snails. I don't think that's quite ordinary, but we've decided to sort of roll with it, because it's very deep-seated. It doesn't affect life too badly, though it pops up more often than you might expect.
Is your ds being scared of anything that 'illogical'? That is more of an issue, I'd say.
Yes, all his fears have a logical basis. The ducks crowd round us hungrily and make a lot of noise so I could see it could be scary. A goose tried to snatch a sandwich out of his hand when he was very small and a dog did the same with a biscuit. He is better with dogs now as I have slowly introduced him to them.