Ask AF: Sudden Fears

When your child develops fears he didn't have before, you may wonder: is it normal kid stuff, or is it an adjustment issue?

Q: Our two-year-old daughter was adopted at 17 months and has adjusted well. In the last few weeks, however, she has developed fears of dogs, motorcycles, and bugs — none of which bothered her before. Is this developmental or is it adjustment?   A: It could be a little bit of both. Typically, kids develop worries and fears at around two-and-a-half to three years of age. Fears of loud sounds, dogs, and bugs are common. Your daughter may need your ...

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