How To Help Prevent Childhood Fears

Many childhood fears are pretty common across the board: fear of the dark, fear of scary scenes in movies, fear of fast rides, fear of dogs, fear of being alone etc etc. Rather than waiting until your child expresses these fears and then trying to find a solution for them, there are ways to help prevent the fears in the first place. Easing their minds and keeping your life easier!

No Night Lights

A very, very common fear children have is being afraid of the dark. This is such a common fear that parents often start off their children with night lights from birth. Growing up I was such a child who feared the dark. Even now if my husband travels I leave a couple lights on so I feel safer.
This is a fear I didn’t want my children to have. It’s not fun feeling fearful. I am also nearsighted and have read that vision issues can come from sleeping with a light on. If I could prevent my children from being fearful of the dark and possibly help their vision too? I was all for it.
Sleeping is a time of rest. We don’t need lights on. Our bodies sleep best if it’s dark and it’s the best way for our mind to recognize that it’s time to sleep. With our children we’ve never allowed night lights. This helps them sleep well from infancy and has truly minimized any fears of the dark.
When those moments of “Mommy it’s too dark” occur I will leave on a hall light. This allows them to see a bit of light to ease those fears but is a light source that I control. I will leave it on just for a little bit (even just for 10-15 min) and then turn it off. It’s never become any sort of habit and has helped prevent fears of the dark!”


This week the ladies of the BFBN (Babywise Friendly Blogging Network) are all writing on the topic of fears. You can find their posts below:

Until next time!

Hi! I'm Christine...a stay-at-home mum to two tiny humans. My constant focus is having my home run as smoothly as possible. Keeping two kids alive, and maintaining my sanity is also a priority. Most Saturday nights, you can find me hunkered down watching Grey's Anatomy, and hopefully nibbling on some chocolate. :)