What’s Too Scary for My Kids?
Frightening ... or fun?
Tip #2: Understand “Scary Good” Only Happens in Small Doses – Extended fright experiences – like movies, TV shows, or haunted houses – tend to be harmful for kids. But the fright response in small, managed doses can be helpful. Says Dr. Basbas: “Children will seek a scary story or experience to master anxiety. Facing fears in small manageable doses can be of benefit, allowing the child to learn that he or she can overcome anxieties. In small, short doses, a child faces fears and realizes he can survive the scary moment or experience.”