When I teach parent awareness courses I usually start with the question, “What is your worst fear as a parent?” It is an uncomfortable question and the faces in the audience search for a way to avoid the answer. They also want to provide an answer. The answer will break the silence concerning a secret they carry.
Parents typically respond:
My worst fear is that my child will end up doing something wrong and it will be my fault.
My worst fear is that my child will die and it will be because I didn’t do something right.
My worst fear is that I will die and my child won’t have a mother/father.
Fear is related to anxiety and anxiety is about something that has not yet happened that we fear will happen.