Fear of the Dark

Helping children overcome their fear of the dark.

Fear of the Dark

Does your child dread going to bed because of a fear of the dark?  It’s not uncommon for children to feel this way. In fact, the younger the child is, the more common fear of the dark is says Cynthia Last, author of Help for Worried Kids. “You can start seeing a fear of the dark as early as 2 or 3 years of age and that can proceed into early elementary school, and it’s normal for a child to be afraid of the dark. But we become concerned when a child can’t do things that would be considered age appropriate.” We can help children overcome their fear of the dark with nightlights, and bedtime stories.   And if they’re afraid of monsters, Cynthia suggests creating a little ritual to deal with that. “With really young kids you can come up with certain types of nightly rituals where you say ‘okay, there’s nothing under the bed, there’s nothing in the closet, we’re all safe.’  So there’s different ways that we can handle it.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Cynthia Last author of Help for Worried Kids.

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