Kids often have fears that are very real to them and being afraid of the dark is an issue which most young children face at some point in their young life.
This childhood anxiety is usually conquered as the child ages and grows more confident in their abilities. In the meanwhile those night time fears are very real to them. Children may need a little extra reassurance during this period to help them to know that they are secure in their home.
Extra hugs, a night time story, and voiced I love you's can help tremendously during this period.
Using a nightlight can also help make the darkness a little less scary by spreading a soft glowing light throughout the room. A soothing light to chase away the dark can help your child know that everything in their room is still as it should be.
Why are Children so Prone to Being Afraid of the Dark?
Children are exposed to many new experiences and issues and it is at night time when they generally reflect back on these. If something has worried or frightened a child during the day then night time is the ideal time for this concern to emerge.
This event may be something disturbing which they have watched on television, something that someone else has said, or even their having gotten into trouble during the day. What may seem like a trivial issue to us may be of very real concern to a child.
Problems or concerns that a child experiences during the day may show up as an anxiety in the dark of night time. By talking with your child, being understanding of their fears, and simply placing a night light in the room you can help to chase these concerns away.
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You Can Help Your Children Overcome Their Fear
By providing a child with the tools to help them overcome their fear of the dark you can help to empower your child to more easily overcome their insecurities.
A night light, cuddly plush toys, snuggly blankets, reassurance and love are all tools which can help a child overcome their fear of the dark. Reading night time stories with your child once they are in bed can also help to create an atmosphere of security to help your child fall asleep easier.
The new projector night lights are wonderful because they soothe your child quietly to sleep with a projection of the stars, moon, rainbow or other images. These images in light give your child something pleasant to concentrate on thereby helping to relieve the night time phobia.
The Night Time Monsters Can Seem Very Real to a Child
A child's imagination is large and it is pretty easy to turn a shadow in the dark into something very scary. Children can very easily envision a monster when they are upset about other events. Don't let the night time monsters seem real. Work instead to make those imaginary creatures go away.
A child's fear is real but the monsters are not. Help your child deal with their fear rather than with the imaginary monster. You can do this by providing your child with the tools to overcome their night time insecurity.
Spend time with your little one at bedtime. Talking together, saying prayers together, or reading a bedtime story together are all simple ways to help your child to feel more confident and secure. Love, reassurance, respect, hugs, a cuddly plush toy, a snuggly warm blanket tucked around them, and a night light so they can see that their room is indeed a safe place to be are important tools in removing childhood anxiety.
...And when under the bed a monster hides it is the soft voice of a parent entering the room that can oh so quickly chase the beasts away. Home is where security and confidence are nurtured and optimism grows. A palace of silent grandeur and safe haven from storms.
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Reassure your child at bedtime that you are nearby. Reminding them that you are just a wall away can be very comforting. Provide them also with a plush toy and some illumination to make the darkness a little less intimidating.
Light up the night so bedtime really isn't too scary a time for them. The plush animal lighting choices can help soothe your child quietly to sleep with their comforting projector constellation filling the room with the stars and moon. It is a comforting night light to soothe away the dark in a soft shifting glow.
I like how the Twilight Ladybug projector sends out a soothing array of stars throughout the room. It can help kids to more easily fall asleep when they have a protective ray of light watching over them. Because the light portrays images they can relate to it they also help to bring a more normal theme to the darkness. Be patient. The childhood fears will dim with time, reassurance, and love.
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