10 Signs Your Children are Afraid of YOU

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As parents, your most important duty is the safety and well-being of your children. They trust you to provide for them and keep them from harm. When that trust has been compromised, it’s difficult to regain. Communication and intimacy issues arise, and your child will grow distant and resentful. So how do you know if your child is afraid of you? Here are ten signs to look for:

  1. Your child might display fear in the form of cringing whenever you raise your voice. If you tend to be loud, animated, or worse, violent when you are upset, the effects on your children could be severe.
  2. When your child flinches at a raised hand, or sudden, unexpected movements on your part, this is a strong indicator that she is afraid of you. A child who has been disciplined through corporal punishment is apt to be less receptive to any physical contact, including expressions of affection.
  3. Children are less apt to approach a parent they fear when they have a need or a question, and will tend to go either to the other parent or another adult instead. If your kids rarely or never confide in you, your trust level with them is in need of repair.
  4. Your child may not show signs of affection like hugs and kisses. Fear and resentment keep them at a distance, despite the fact that they are openly affectionate toward others. If your kids show a reluctance to get close to you physically, you need to find out why.
  5. A child who lives in fear of his parent(s) is liable to become emotionally withdrawn. If your kid isn’t willing to express his feelings with you, it may be out of fear of being ridiculed or rejected. This is especially true if your child is willing to share those feelings with others instead of you.
  6. Older children might make constant excuses to avoid being alone with you, such as staying over at a friend’s house, or being late from school. When a child shows a consistent reticence to be in your company with no one else around, you’ve got a problem.
  7. When a kid sees her parent upset often, she can eventually begin to wonder whether that’s the parent’s natural state. At best, it will lead to apprehension about your mood. So if your kids frequently ask you if you’re mad or upset, it’s time to look in the mirror.
  8. In a divorced home, if your kids express a desire to live permanently with their other parent, you need to find out what it is that is causing your kids to want out. In combination with other signs listed here, it may be a sign that you’re scaring them away.
  9. Children often express themselves through drawings. Your child might be showing fear of you in his depictions of home life. If your child fears you, he may render your appearance as having an angry look, hands raised, disproportionate size, menacing pose, dark colors, etc.
  10. Misdirected anger is often a side effect of fear itself. When a child displays hostility or intimidating behavior toward others, it could be reflective of his own fears of abuse or hostility from you.

 

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