Nighttime can be a scary time for children, as many have a fear of the dark. This isn’t that hard to understand, as many adults still feel the same way. If you have a child who is afraid of the dark, here are some helpful tips on how to help the child overcome that fear. Below you will find 5 ways you can begin using now to help your child overcome a fear of the dark that are both easy and effective. Take a look!
1. Find a fun nightlight.
There are so many varieties of nightlights these days. Find one that your child enjoys and use it each night. By picking it out themselves, you are also providing them some control over the situation. Providing a little light in a dark room allows for them to feel safe yet leaves the room dim enough for a good night’s sleep.
2. Assure them you are close.
When children are alone in their rooms, you may feel miles away. Assure them that you are in the family room, bedroom, etc. If they need you, you aren’t far. This will help them to feel more confident that you are there to help if they need you.
3. Keep bedroom doors open.
Closing your child’s bedroom door makes them feel shut off and darkens the room even more. If you need to hang a lightweight curtain using a tension rod over the door instead, do that. It will provide some privacy but still prevent the child from feeling closed off from everyone.
4. Try a light up buddy.
There are so many light up stuffed animals these days. These animals are great for children as they can help them feel more soothed and comfortable. They provide security, light, and may even play music as well.
5. Have an open discussion.
Ask your child why the dark is so scary to them. If they are worried about something in the closet, simply show them that nothing is in the closet, or put a battery operated pop on light in the space to light it up. If shadows are scaring them, remove any items that may be causing them. Many times, a simple fix can solve the problem.
If your child is afraid of the dark, give these tips a try and see how they can help.
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