Tag: fear
My son is afraid of Santa Claus
December 8, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Going to visit Santa this Christmas will be mission impossible. Just the notion of having to sit on the lap of the man with the white beard and red suit and hand him a letter, makes your son cry and plead for you to take him in your arms. While you thought it was a good idea, let´s face it, your son is afraid of Santa Claus! So, what can we do to help him overcome this situation? Keep reading. Here, at The Toy Blog, you´ll find out.

How to help kids overcome shyness
July 13, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

When kids turn six, they generally begin to feel shy. Eleonora Villegas-Reimers, an elementary teacher at Wheelock College in Boston, assures us that “at that age, kids start to become conscious of who they are and how they are seen by others and, being different, sometimes leads them to feeling shy.”  Besides, when they start a new level at school, they face new rules and challenges. But there is no need to worry. Feeling bashful or shy is a positive symptom (it indicates their personal standards of development).  The only thing we need to do as parents is teach them how to overcome it. Here are the most frequent situations they´ll face and some advice on how to help them.

Let´s go to the Water Park with PinyPon!
June 9, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

It´s really hot! We can tell summer is right around the corner. Luckily, we get to spend the day at the refreshing and fun Aquapark PinyPon. It does actually have real water! And according o tour guide, there are tons of things to do: go down the slides, into the pool with twirling floaters, have something to eat at the café, sunbathe in a hammock and enjoy the jacuzzi. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? Our guide has also given us some tips on how to spend a fabulous day at a water park. Shall we go in?

Is your child highly sensitive?
February 2, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Does your child cry a lot or is scared of practically anything? Does he get sad when he sees someone else have a hard time? Does he or she overreact with songs, stories or movies? Perhaps he is very shy in a room full of people? If you´ve answered yes to any of these questions, you probably have a highly sensitive child. But there is no reason to be alarmed. Highly sensitive children are unique and special.  Their right side of the brain, responsible for our nervous system, has way more activity than usual. A study published by Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, conducted by Doctor Elaine Aron, points out that 15-20% of children are born with hyper sensibility. Far from treating it as a stigma, we must teach them to see it as a virtue.

Afraid of monsters? How to deal with them this Halloween
October 23, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Halloween is right around the corner and most kids have great fun celebrating it. There are children, however, who see their worst nightmares come true right before their eyes. If this is the case of your kids, don´t be alarmed. Being scared of monsters is normal and a part of childhood development. All you need to do is keep calm and add a bit of patience and understanding so you can help your child deal with their fears and slowly see them disappear. You can also use toys as another alternative to confront fears or phobias. Keep reading to discover how you can help your kids overcome theirs  this Halloween.


Afraid of a new school? How to confront fear
September 3, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

The first day of school, even if it´s going back to the same one, can make children feel anticipation and nervousness. But that blend of feelings can ultimately become fear when kids face having to go to a new school. Fortunately, we can teach them how to confront changes and accept them as being positive and uplifting. This way, we will not only be helping them to get ready for their first day but prepare them to become adults that welcome new experiences and be tolerant when they are faced with situations they cannot control. Keep reading to discover how to help your children welcome changes.