Whether they're worried about monsters in the closet or scared by the sounds of things going bump in the night, most children experience being scared of the dark at some point in childhood. As an adult, you know that those creeks and thumps aren't trolls under your bed, but an active child's imagination is convinced the trolls are real — and scary. Although it takes time and patience, there are things you can do to help your kid get over their fear of the dark. And with your guidance, support, and encouragement, chances are your little one will conquer their nighttime worries in no time.
It's best to take a proactive approach to your child's fear of the dark as soon as it pops up. "Parents can help kids develop the skills and confidence to overcome fears so that they don't evolve into phobic reactions, according to Kids health from Nemours. This means having a plan to provide security and comfort at nighttime will help both you and your child make it through this phase not only quickly, but also with new tools to manage scary feelings whenever they arise (not just when it's lights out). Use these ideas to help your child kick their fear of the dark to the curb.