Easing children’s fears around Halloween
During Halloween you see lots of zombies and monsters in the streets, something that can be fun for many children, but frightening for others. Many young children imagine there are scary creatures hiding in the closet or under the bed even when it’s not Halloween. If your child has those fears, how should you respond? And how can you tell if your child’s fears are beyond what is typical?
1) Keep very young children away from scary images, if possible
2) Take your child’s fears seriously, but don’t overreact.
3) Help your child gradually master fears
4) Remember your childhood and see through your child’s eyes
5) If your child’s fears are extreme, interfere with sleep or the ability to play and learn during the day, seek professional help
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To read Marti’s tip sheet on easing children’s fears, click here.