This week’s Saturday Sidebar Question comes from World Moms Blog writer TwinMom112.  She asked our writers,

“Do you have any fears or phobias that you tried to overcome that are now present in your child/children?”

Check out what some of our World Moms had to say…

Maggie Ellison of South Carolina, USA writes:
“I have a phobia of flying, but don’t want to pass that along to my kids. I flew with my son when he was under 2 and had panic attacks even with meds. He was young, loved the flights and had no idea what I was going through. I hope I never pass along my fear. I try very hard to never mention it in front of them. They want to take a flight home to see my family. I have no idea how to get through that without them knowing. They are older and more aware. I would love to get rid of this fear and I hope to never pass it on to them. So, to your answer your question, I have not passed along a fear of my own and hope not to.”

Mamma Simona of South Africa writes:
“I have a phobia of fire – to the extent that I’m not able to use a lighter or matches! Strangely enough I love sitting near a fireplace and watching a “contained” fire from a “safe” distance … just don’t ask me to add a log! My children are now 19 and 16 years old respectively and I’m happy to report that they have no phobias at all. In fact they lit candles for me when they were much younger! Phobias are irrational and can’t be overcome by will-power. I don’t believe that children develop phobias because their parents have them, but they can become fearful people if they are overprotected. I think it’s our job as parents to make our children feel confident that they are able to deal with life on their own.”

Salma of Ontario, Canada writes:
“I have a fear of fear itself. I try to hide it, but I think there are some factors that are played out in real life experiences that make my kids realize that I am bit of a mess sometimes. I don’t want to pass this on at all.”

Eva Fannon of Washington State, USA writes:
“I am freaked out by spiders.  I know that many of them are benign, and some are actually good to have around, but I just don’t like them.  And we find some pretty big ones in our apartment!  If I see one, I smush it right away.  My husband on the other hand, looks for a cup or container to catch the spider and puts it outside.

As for passing the phobia on, I don’t think I have.  My 2yo is not scared of spiders – she actually gets closer to look at them and try to grab them.  My 5yo knows how they make me squeamish, so when she sees one, she will tell her father right away (without telling me), or look for a cup or container to catch it herself.”

What about you…do you have a phobia?  Has your child developed the same phobia?  

And do you have a question you would like to pose to our WMB writers?  If so, email us at wmbsidebareditor@gmail.com to see what they have to say.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow to take a peek at the travel itinerary!

– World Moms Blog

Photo credit to Henry Oon http://www.flickr.com/photos/henry_oon/415981220/.  This photo has a creative commons attribute license.

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