Ways to Handle Phobias
If your child has a phobia or seems to be developing one, you can spare them a lot of trouble later on in their adult lives if you help them confront their fear now. Making a fear pyramid can be a good place to start. The bottom of the pyramid has activities that would be mildly frightening to your child while the next level up, slightly more anxiety-inducing situations. The top of the pyramid would be the most intensely frightening situation.
For example, if your child is scared of dogs, the bottom of the pyramid could be looking at dogs through a pet shop window, while petting a large dog off-leash might occupy the peak.