Growing up I was never the bravest child on the block. However, I was a true tomboy and that required bravery of sorts. My daughter, on the other hand, is very fearful and hypersensitive. So much that sometimes I wonder if it’s normal at almost 4 years old.
Doctors always have said each child develops differently and some kids are just more sensitive than others. People who have witnessed the over-the-top reaction my daughter has to, say, taking a shower, are prompt to recommend I run to the doctor and get a diagnosis.
I must confess that it puzzled me how fearful she was to certain things when we never tell her scary things. In Latin America, and in my house in particular, it was not uncommon to hear about el cuco or la ciguapa, creatures that appeared during the night and could be very scar, and create fear, especially in the eyes of a child.
That’s why it has been difficult to understand and deal with my daughter’s fears, but at the same time I will not rush her development and start seeing problems where there are none. Is she over-sensitive? Yes. Is she a crybaby? Yes. Does her doctor think all of it is normal? A sounding yes!
If you have wonder about your kid’s behavior, some of the following fears might be familiar: