“It can be hard to know how to address our children’s fears, especially the ones that get in the way of their functioning. I am less concerned about my daughters’ fear of dogs; we don’t have a dog, and they rarely see them. But my older daughter has developed an intense fear of bugs, one that results in almost daily battles over her desire to wear pants (which keep the bugs away) in 90-degree weather. We’re still figuring out how to deal with it, but here are some ideas that I keep coming back to.”

You can read my suggestions for dealing with childhood fears over at PsychCentral.com.