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3 Steps to Help Kids Overcome Fear

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Disclosure: I am partnering with American Girl®.  All opinions are my own. 

We have a long running love affair with American Girls® WellieWisher™ line. Our daughter cannot get enough of the stories that accompany these beautiful dolls and could spend days re-enacting those stories and learning from them as well.  Ashlyn was the next doll on our list and along with her arrived 3 fantastic stories and FINALLY our very own Wellington boots! We have learned a lot in our short time with Ashlyn, including how to overcome fears!  I wanted to share more about Ashlyn as well as 3 steps to help kids overcome fear that we used this week!

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Meet Ashlyn

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Ashlyn is a beautiful doll, and princess-in-training.  Very similar to a certain little girl that lives in our house!  I knew she would be a hit and was completely right.  Opening the box, my little girls eyes lit up and she grabbed that box and in the sweetest voice she looked right at her and said “you are so beautiful and I will take care of you”. Ashlyn has brown eyes and straight (ease to style) hair and freckles.  She is decked out in pink with a cute little crown and tutu and emanates that princess style.

Dressing Up

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Of course, our little girl is the queen of dress up and she had to get into her Ashlyn matching outfit.  American Girl® does an incredible job of making the dress up outfits identical to the doll outfits.  This is probably one of her favorite part of the dolls.  She spends hours dressing up with them and sharing their stories and playing which is just what I hoped she would do.

The Wellies!

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We have waited a while for these.  Part of it was because they were out of stock when we tried to order a year ago, but the other part is that she (finally) had a growth spurt and we wanted to make sure that we got a pair that would last a little longer for her.  The WellieWisher™ line features 5 dolls that each wear a custom set of Wellington boots that are part of their overall theme.  American Girl® created high quality, clear wellies and a pack of socks with all 5 of the dolls Wellington boot designs on them!  Now we can match Willa and Camille along with Ashlyn and eventually the other two dolls too!

3 New Books!

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What I love about the WellieWisher™ line is that they are always releasing new stories and adventures featuring the dolls.  This summer 3 new books were released and we read them in 2 days.  Authored by Valerie Tripp, the books take the girls from an unprepared camping trip, to an exciting experience raising chicks, to an encounter with a horse and a carnival to remember.  The books are pretty short quick reads.  We would read a few pages here and there and then set them down, play a bit and come right back to them.

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Of course our little girl had to red the stories to her dolly too.  She loves to listen to me read them and learn the story and then sit down and share that story with her doll through her own rendition.  It is one of the cutest things she does with the dolls.

Applying Stories to Real Life

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We have spent a few weeks working on riding bikes in our household.  It has came with a lot of fear and trepidation.  Our son just had his training wheels removed and has been really working to get his peddling and balance down.  As little sister watched him, she got a little fearful and worried.  The timing of Ashlyn’s arrival with the new books was perfect because we were able to read through the story of Ashlyn overcoming her fear of the big scary horse in “The Clippity Cloppity Carnival“, and overcome our own fears of just getting on the bike.

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We went through the 3 steps to help kids overcome fear together which were perfectly exhibited in the book as well.  I started by letting her know that I understand that she is afraid of falling and getting hurt and that I would not force her to get on her bike.  She could make the choice, and I let her know that Ashlyn could ride with her if that helps.  I then got on my own bike and our son got on his and we just peddled around in front of the house, showing her that we were both ok and when we faltered or fell, making sure she knew we were ok. When she finally decided to get back on her bike both her brother and I were there to support her.  I walked right next to her and kept my hand on her back and her brother kept telling her how good she was doing (BTW: he is literally the sweetest boy ever). At the end of this, she was calmly peddling and really enjoying her time and proud that she faced her fear!

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The WellieWisher™ line is one that we will continue to collect and love.  Our daughter has loved the stories and learned from them and as a parent they have helped me to teach her lessons and work through problems as well.  Check them out on their website to learn more!

What fears have your kids overcome?

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