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Common Childhood (and Teen) Fears

When you’ve been adult for a couple decades or more, it’s easy to forget what children and teenagers worry about. Their fears can often seem insignificant or confusing to us, but they’re very real to kids. Certain concerns are normal at certain ages, and as children grow, their worries change as well. No matter the age or the fear, they deserve an empathetic response from the grown-ups in their lives.

Here’s a chart of the most common worries for kids and teens from ages 2 to 20, divided up by age groups:

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