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5 Strategies to Reduce your Child’s Night Time Fears

Exhibit calm and confident behaviour. When your child comes to you in a fearful state, be warm, sensitive and responsive. Tell him you understand that he is scared, and that everybody gets scared sometimes. But do not let sympathy turn into overprotectiveness. If your child believes you are worried or anxious, he may become more fearful.



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Kalyani Shankar is a mother of twins and works as a German Linguist in an MNC. Amidst the jam packed busy life of a working mother, she looks forward to spending quality time with her kids when back home. Kalyani loves to introduce thought-provoking and fun activities that interest children. As a Balvikas spiritual educator for children, she strives to include ‘Spirituality and its Relevance’ in daily life situations and mentors parents on the same lines.

2 thoughts on “5 Strategies to Reduce your Child’s Night Time Fears

  1. Kritika Srinivasan

    An old ParentEdge issue had an article on dealing with nighttime fears and phobias in children, for which we interviewed a child psychologist. Here are some more tips from that article to add to your blog:
    – When the child does get fearful about something that he has seen (maybe a movie), do not force him to ‘be brave’. Ensure that he is not exposed to it again, since this indicates that he is not ready for it.
    – Don’t make fun of your child or say things like “oh, you should be brave” or “you’re a boy, how can you be scared?” They need to be assured that there is no need to be anxious and that the parent will take care of whatever is bothering them.
    – If your child is prone to nightmares, physical touch helps. Give him a warm bath before bedtime or massage his feet gently when putting him to sleep. Stay with him until he falls asleep, cuddle him.

  2. shobhika

    The article and the above reply are both very well written. Many times parent just discount their children’s fear leaving them more susceptible to seeing bad dreams.

    Recently, i had a case of a 6 yr. Old who reported seeing bad dreams. In her case , like in so many other areas, Positive Thinking helped. When we say positive words before going off to sleep, it helps calm our mind and assures it that all is good and will be taken care of. The mind can be trained to think positively and see good dreams as a result.


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