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Registered: ‎02-12-2014
Re: Irrational Fear of Baths

Since your daughter is 3, I would approach this verbally. First, realize that she might not have a "rational" reason. Three year olds rarely do. :smileyhappy: You could ask, "What can I do to help you feel more comfortable taking a bath?" It's a pretty broad question, so have some suggestions ready. If she's *terrified* of the bath -- you need to keep reassuring her, "When I am here, you are safe. I love you, and you can trust me." It's important to remember she is -- developmentally -- still learning that you are there for comfort and security. I teach parent and teacher workshops for 0-6 year olds, so I'm interested in how all of the suggestions have helped, or which you read that you won't try (and why?). Message me at!

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