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How would one go about writing a paper on child behavior as it relates to childhood fears?

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The very moment a baby exits the womb, the world begins to make an impression on its life. Some babies come out screaming while others need to have life smacked into them with a firm tap on the rear end. Regardless, no person or thing has the power to influence children like a parent.

Dr. Phil, the famous psychology guru discovered by Oprah Winfrey, states that the experiences people have during their younger years deeply effect who they become as adults. Linda Edwards, a single mom, just as timid as her twelve-year-old son, Sundiata Reeden, seems to agree. "Children develop fears based on experiences." It wasn't until Edwards sat down at the table with Sundiata and I, that he became comfortable enough to mention that he is afraid of snakes and unexpected noises. Besides those two things, "he really hasn't had an occasion to be afraid," his mom added. Unlike Edwards' other 2 children, Sundiata hasn't been exposed to the evils of her public housing job. Sundiata's siblings used to frequently accompany their mom to work.

Likewise, Tracy Malloy, divorced, believes in the same philosophy. "Some fears are taught from the parents." Her daughter Taylor Malloy, 7, whom she accompanies to a children's acting group, called Arts of Influence and Minds, meets Saturday mornings at Carter G. Woodson library on 95th and Halsted. Apart from lions, bees and scorpions, when asked about her ...

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This excerpt discusses how parental influence can play a significant role in determining the faint and/or heightened fears that a child experiences in life. It also addresses how adults can find true happiness.