Fear of Darkness

It is quite common that small children are afraid of the dark, very few escape!It’s often between the ages of two and four years as the fear of the dark grows.

Fear of Darkness

She often shows on the occasion of a change in his life or a new milestone in its development.

Why?

The real reasons for this fear have nothing to do with watches and other intruders who worried son at the time of the dodo. It’s rather than in the dark, you can’t see anything, not even the familiar landmarks of the room! At this age, children need to be reassured by its environment, and the presence of those who love him, in familiar places, is quite reassuring. Opposite of the night, alone in his room!

This fear of the dark, you can also add that up to 4 years, the children live the anguish of separation to varying degrees, depending on the nature and the context in which the child. Around the age of six, he will be able to tell the difference between the real and the imaginary, between his fear of never again see you, and his assurance that at dawn, you will always be there!

Changes

Your child used to sleep deeply and now he wakes up suddenly, he wants you, he wants to light it says to be afraid… What you do not understand, is he’s scared ‘ of the bad man in black ‘, while it doesn’t look violent movies and that you have never told him what kind of stories to scare?

This fear is innate and is expressed according to children with more or less force. Did you know that the traditional tales for children act as an outlet in these circumstances? Thus, the bad wolf in little Red Riding Hood, Snow White Witch, the stone giant and the Beanstalk are often used to children to channel those fears taking them during the night.The evidence? Today parents read less these stories to their children, and yet children continue to have nightmares and incomprehensible fears. Without very strong images of these tales, fear feeds noises and shadows.

Night light

The first weapon against the dark night is the Night light we leave on all night. So if he wakes up, the child will see his room, can resume his dog in his arms and go back to sleep. As we age, may light bothers him or that on the contrary, he gets used to sleep all the time with a night light for girls from andyeducation. But it is a consequence… without result, then no big deal!

Not enough

Despite the light, your child is still afraid? He wakes up and cries, or wants? The best thing to do is get up, turn on the light in his room and walk around so that he understands that he is safe. Reassured, it is rendormira. It needs to be reassured by his parents! Don’t be impatient, this fear is irrational, it is not reflected. He has a real fear and force tell him that you are there, you understand his fear, that you are there to protect him and wakes you will still be there, he’ll feel reassured. If instead, you show impatient and frustrated to be still awake by a nightmare, the child may develop anxiety and feed fears rather that soothe them.

2 Years: age hinge

Two years is an important step in the development of the child who is more open to the outside world. And he sees no please not always! It can then develop specific fears, like animals, water, the doctor, the dentist, Santa, etc. You can not completely reassure him on the subject of his fear, but get your message smoothly and affection, it will surely help!

Inspirational readings

The Knight who was afraid of the dark
Barbara Shook Hazen, illustrations by Tony Ross
The school of recreation, 1997
ISBN: 9782211042796, $8.95

Inspirational readings

There’s a nightmare in my closet
Mercer Mayer
Gallimard 2010 youth
ISBN: 9782070632299 $7.95

There’s an alligator under my bed
Mercer Mayer
Gallimard 2010 youth
ISBN: 9782070633364 $7.95

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