6 WAYS TO TAME BABY FEARS
Most preschoolers go through a fearful phase. Sometimes fears are short-lived — for example, a new loud vacuum. Other fears seem to spring from nowhere and stick around. And some children have temperaments that make them more prone to fears than others. The general rule is to treat the fear respectfully. After all, it’s very real to your child. Then look for child-centered ways (as opposed to adult-level logic) to provide reassurance. This article will show you 6 ways to tame baby fears.
A lively imagination often gives temporary birth to monsters, dragons, ghosts, and other mysterious creatures of the dark. Fear of the dark is common as a child’s mind becomes capable of inventing its own stories. (You can actually think of night fears — the result of an overactive imagination — as a sophisticated cognitive development.)
Are you looking for ways to help calm your child? Try these 6 ways to tame baby fears
- Take the fear seriously. Never belittle it or make fun of your child’s fantasy.
- Skip the logic. A patient explanation that there’s no way a monster could live in the closet but only at night won’t wash.
- Look at the room from your child’s viewpoint. Maybe there’s a weird shadow that really does look like a spiderweb.
- Try some light. The reassuring glow of a nightlight or a light in the hallway has vanquished many a scary creature.
- Give a little extra TLC. Often fears reflect some other anxiety in your child’s life; she might just want some hugs and snuggles. A happy and secure bedtime routine before your child is tucked in is important too.
- Try some activity and entertainment products