If You're Scared and You Know It Kid's Song
Sing a song to shoo away the scary feelings.
- The tune to "If You're Happy and You Know It"
- Singers:Dad, mom, grandma, child. If your voice is really bad, have someone else sing it. You don't want to scare your kid even more with your singing voice!
- A fear to dispel:Is your child afraid of dogs, monsters, fireworks, Halloween masks, the IRS? It can be a scary world out there!
- When your child feels frightened, have him identify the fear.
- Then, deflate his fears by singing them away. Make up new lyrics to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It" to combat every fearful situation. For example, if your child is afraid of a loud noise, sing with your child, "If you're frightened by that noise, cover your ears!" Or try a more general "If you're afraid and you know it, close your eyes!"
- Have your child DO the "fix" in the song. For example, if your child is afraid of dogs and you have sung, "If you're frightened by that doggy, hug your daddy," have your child hug his daddy. By identifying his fears out loud and taking a counter-action, your child will start to feel better. If only this worked for grown-ups as well—"If you're frightened by your boss, hide under the desk!"