No More Tears: Help Your Child Overcome Their Fear Of The Dark

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Does your child have a fear of the dark? You might not think that this is such a huge problem apart from causing a lot of stress at bedtime. But that stress can build and build, and it can develop into much more serious problems. Your child might become very anxious as nighttime approaches, and they might not be so willing to spend the night at anyone else’s home. As you can see, this could be problematic for their social life!

So, if your child is scared of the dark, you will no doubt want to try and figure out how you can help them overcome this fear. Here are some useful tips that can help you do just that!

Don’t Joke About Their Fears

Some parents try and make the fears seem insignificant by joking about them or teasing their child about them. But this really isn’t a good idea. Instead, you should take them very seriously and show your child that you are willing to help them. To do this, use phrases such as ‘I understand that you are scared’ when you are talking to them about their fears as they aren’t patronizing and won’t make your child feel like you are mocking them.

Get A Night Light

If your child is still quite young, you might find that placing a nightlight in their room comforts them and helps them fall to sleep. However, older children might not welcome this addition as they could think of them as something only babies have. Thankfully, there is now a star projector for kids that is aimed at older children. You just need to turn it on, and it will project a constellation of stars onto the ceiling. This will help them relax and forget their fear of the dark.

Don’t Plan Sleepovers

Some parents think that planning sleepovers can help their child overcome their fear of the dark as they will forget about it once their friends are around them. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. It might actually have the opposite effect and make things worse for your child. That’s because your child might get very embarrassed if their fears hit them during the sleepover and they need to take some actions to comfort themselves. If this happens, the embarrassment might set back any progress that you made.

Create A Soothing Bedtime Routine

If your child is relaxed ready for bedtime, they will find it easier to fall asleep at night. Setting up a good routine that can help them unwind will really make bedtime a lot more soothing and they won’t be so panicked about their fear of the dark. This can also help their mind and body get ready for sleep so they don’t lie awake in bed for too long.

You might find that your child’s fear of the dark can be quite frustrating, especially if there doesn’t seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel. But there is and, eventually, they will get there!

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