I had the same issue with my son and to this day he hates it and he's 11yrs old. What I did was teach him how to do it himself. He's not scarred to do it himself. Granted it takes 3 times as long but at least it gets done. I taught him to use the large toenail clippers because it's easier for him to handle. Somehow doing it himself took the fear out of it. Hope this helps.