Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Looking for the root of your child's fear is key.  Have they watched something on television that scared them?  Have you moved into a new house or transitioned into a new room?  It's important that you listen to your child's fears.  It helps them to validate their feelings instead of trying to suppress them.  When they feel they are being taken seriously, they are able to take your guidance and support.

If your child expresses fears of the dark or bedtime:

1.  Listen without judgment.
2.  Work through solutions with them.  Agree to try a nightlight or leaving the door open.  Assure your child that you will respond if he needs you or still feels afraid.
3.  Respond if your child calls out to you.  Listen and reassure.  Your child needs to know you are going to come to them.  They may do this for a few nights to reassure themselves you will come or that you will hear.  As they establish more security in your presence, they will begin to feel safer and fear night less.



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