Sarah - posted on 03/12/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )
Okay so I posted this somewhere else and it seems like almost all of the other forums I've joined just don't participate anymore! This is not a debate I just don't know what to do and would appreciate help! :) My four year old step daughter (who lives with us permanently) is deathly afraid of heights. According to step grandmother (whom she lived with for two years) they had to work their way up to even getting her to go down a slide! If you try and hold her out from you she starts sobbing and clings to you. She refuses to climb up things, won't stand on anything that's above a foot off the ground even if Daddy or I are standing right there holding her. She wouldn't even let me push her on a swing! Didn't even sit on the swing fully, because her legs would be off the ground by half a foot. Everything I've tried to read about it just says not to push it or force it, just encourage and let it be. But I don't think this is normal! I don't want her growing up so terrified to do things! And if anyone knows of a good forum for these kinds of questions that would be awesome! I don't want to clog the debating forums with questions like this! :) Thanks!