Many a child dreads what might be awaiting them in the dark: goblins, ghosts, all manner of monsters... Though imaginary, these can be truly frightening foes.
How you can help: To begin,never minimize a fear, since doing so will only inflame a child’s feelings, re-traumatizing them to intensify the situation. Instead, consider buying your child a nightlight to alleviate their in-the-dark anxiety. Having a detailed conversation about what is specifically scaring them, personally inspecting scary territories in a protective, positive way, then reassuring safety can all help kids feel more at ease.
When to consult a professional: Most children shed this fear by early adolescence. However, if you notice that fear of darkness is negatively affecting your child’s life -- preventing them from having sleepovers or prompting them to routinely keep you up at night -- then you should seek the help of a professional.