Sarah - posted on 05/20/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )
I am so worried about her. I am kind of afraid I did this to her. I am kind of a helicopter mom...but usually only about things that really matter, like washing her hands before meals and running out in the street, or being polite and sharing ...I have never discouraged her from playing with other children, playing on the swings at the playground, getting a little dirty....but she almost shuts down when she is in those situations. She cries if she gets a little dirty, she refuses to play on the swings, she will not leave my side when other children are around, even ones she has known all her life (this is getting a little better with time)...she cant walk on wooden walkways without holding on, and she screams in terror if even a harmless housefly flies near her...she is just afraid of almost everything. I don't know what to do about it. I have had issues with anxiety my whole life, and the last thing I want is for her to go through life and not take any risks. Maybe it is too early to worry about it...but I wondered if any one else seems to have this issue with their toddler, and what kind of things you do to help your little one ease their fears about every day situations.
all advice is very much appreciated!!