My attitude towards fear? I force myself to face it. If I’m fearful, I throw myself in the path of that fear so I’m compelled to conquer it. My attitude towards fear is definitely the “get back on the horse” approach. My faith in God and love of a challenge helps motivate me.
I love watching my children embrace new situations.
Here’s an example: Our best Family Zoo experience yet was at the Darling Downs Zoo situated 30 minutes from Toowoomba. I absolutely recommend it! The relaxed atmosphere and small crowd numbers meant a stress-free exploration day for the children. As a bonus, the children had the opportunity to hold a snake — for free (no hidden costs here) and I was proud how enthusiastic they were. This got me thinking about how sometimes, parents can impart their own fear onto their children, in essence hindering the opportunity a child has to explore the world around them.
I’ve probably done it myself in some areas; however, I try and keep my own fears apart from my children so I don’t influence them in a negative way. I don’t like snakes but I was willing to hold one. It did give me shivers though.
Dealing with fear is part of life, and my children do have fears. I just hope they’re natural fears, depending on the child’s nature, which could include snakes, and not fears I have instilled in them.
What do you think? Do you think fear can be instilled?
Some cute shots from the zoo. If you live in South East Queensland, make an effort to visit.