5 Hacks for Children Who Are Scared of the Dark

by Anna Altea January 11, 2018

5 Hacks for Children Who Are Scared of the Dark

Help Your Child Overcome Their Fear of the Dark

The vivid imagination that comes with childhood is one of the best things about being a kid, especially the endless hours spent thinking up fantastical stories and magical tales for playtime.

But, when it comes to the night time, that vivid imagination can often have the opposite effect! Monsters under the bed and ghosts in the cupboard are just a few of the things that children worry about after dark.

The good news is that it is not unusual behavior and there are plenty of ways you can work with your child to help them get to sleep.

1. Find out whether it is because they don’t want to be alone

Some children often pretend to be frightened of the dark as a way of spending more time with mommy and daddy. Try a few nights of having their sibling sleep in their room, or perhaps get them a fish or hamster to keep them company at night.

2. Give teddy a role

Children feel a sense of safety and comfort when they have their teddy around, so why not designate a role for their favorite toy – to stand guard at night time. This should help make them feel much more secure once the lights go out.

3. Use nightlights

Nightlights are perfect for the transition between lights on and lights completely off. The gentle glow of this LED Snail Night Light is perfect for little ones who aren’t quite ready for total darkness at night time.

4. Fill their head with positivity

Before they go to sleep, choose a book specifically for children who are frightened to go to sleep. Afterwards, have them think about all the positive things that they managed to achieve that day so that they go to sleep feeling happy and comforted.

5. Plan a camping night

Make the dark fun by “camping out” in their room one night, complete with tents, torches, and glow-in-the-dark fun!

 

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Anna Altea
Anna Altea

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