Helping your child overcome being afraid of the dark can be as simple as these 5 steps, plus don’t forget to make monster spray to help scare away the monsters!
How to Help Your Child Overcome Being Afraid of the Dark
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We have all been there… It’s bedtime, your kids are exhausted, you are exhausted, you tuck in your kids and as soon as you leave the room you start hearing, “MOOOOOOOM!”
You go back to their room and they start asking for more hugs and kisses and then start asking you a million and a half questions, including what’s for dinner the next day!”
After you answer all their questions and you are leaving the room again, they say, “Mom, it’s dark in here followed by are their monsters under the bed?”
Now you have two choices…. Pull up a pillow and fall asleep next to them or help your child overcome their fear of monsters under the bed and being afraid of the dark!
So we are sharing 5 ways to help your kids not be afraid of the dark and how to scare the silly monsters away!
5 Ways to Help your Kid’s Overcome being Afraid of the Dark
The first thing we need to do to help our kids overcome being afraid of the dark is to be understanding.
As a parent we tend to find ourselves telling our kids to stop crying, or to not do something because it isn’t polite or the right choices.
Sometimes we need to actually listen to our kids when they express a fear and learn to understand why they are feeling uneasy about it and allow them to talk about it.
As we understand their fear we are more capable of helping them overcome it.
Try talking to them about why they are scared of the dark. It actually may surprise you what they have to say and you might be able to fix their problem really quickly.
Age Appropriate Shows
Fears can come from things seen during the day from everything from commercials on TV, a friend at school or their favorite YoutTube star being afraid of something.
Making sure your kids are watching shows that are age appropriate is important because underdeveloped brains can’t separate what is real and what is not.
Also keep in mind even though you think they may not be listening or watching what you are, think again, even the tiniest glimpse of a clip of a movie can really spark concern in their minds.
Establish a BedTime Routine
Another great way to help your child overcome their fear of the dark is to establish a bedtime routine.
When you do things repeatedly it becomes routine for children.
As kids establish routines they become less anxious since they know what is coming. approaching for your child and help them be less anxious about drifting off to sleep.
Also, reading books that are fun and filled with great illustrations can help their minds create their own happy dreams.
Invest In A Night Light
Sometimes in order for your kids to overcome their fear of the dark is to grab a night light or two. Sometimes just a little light is all that they need.
My daughter has one in her room and we leave the light on the stairs on for a bit for her to get all settled before she falls asleep.
Spray Away their Fear
Now that we have talked about the important things about helping your child overcome their fear of the dark, let’s talk about those monsters.
Sometimes are kids imaginations are bigger than we think, so to them monsters are under the bed and hiding in the closets.
When this happens, have no fear Monster Spray is here!
Make monster spray with your child!
How to Make Monster Spray
What you need to Make Monster Spray
Monster Label- Free Download below
Instructions for Making Monster Spray
Once you have your bottle, fill it up with water. Then you will want to put about 10 drops of your monster deterrent (Lavender Essential oils) in your bottle as well. This deterrent, not only helps scare those monsters away, but helps your kids sleep better too!
Then you will want to shake up the mixture.
After it is shaken, let your child pick which monster label they want for their spray. Apply the label with glue or tape. I am lazy, so we tape it on!
Download your Free Monster Spray Labels Here
We even add a ribbon sometimes!
Then when it is bedtime, my kids take their Monster Spray and spray their bed, in the closets, under the bed.
It is that simple to get rid of monsters! The kids love it and they really do think that the monsters are gone!
There you have it! 5 ways to help your child overcome their fear of the dark!
How do you help your kids overcome their fear of the dark? Share in the comments!
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Michele is a Family Life Educator with her degree in marriage and family studies. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!