Children today are faced with all sorts of worries and stress in their lives – it’s just a natural part of living. Children need to learn how to handle themselves under all kinds of stressful conditions, just as a sailor needs to learn to sail in stormy weather conditions, not just when the weather is sunny and the wind is blowing exactly the way they want it.
Of course, we want to shield our children from unnecessary problems and hardships. However, we need to teach our kids that if we run away from our problems, the problems just multiply. They don’t magically go away. When it comes right down to it, facing our fears and problems is usually the only way to get past them.