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Casting out fear

Parents are key in helping children develop courage and self-confidence

The urge to keep kids safe is a powerful instinct. It wakes parents up at night as they check the locks and makes them grab for their children’s hands in busy parking lots.

Parents are key in helping children But the instinct to protect kids can become hyper-vigilant — especially in a world where 24-hour news stations keep crime reports in the forefront. When we focus too intently on these stories, we exaggerate danger’s prevalence, experts say.

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