Handling Your Childs Fears

How do you handle a toddler’s fears—of the dark, monsters, clowns or people in costumes?


Acknowledge the fear; don’t dismiss it as silly. Tell your child you understand that she’s frightened and reassure her that she’s safe.

Try a nightlight for his fear of the dark; tell him monsters don’t exist instead of looking around his room to show him there aren’t any.

Explain—or even demonstrate—that clowns and costumed people are just like her—but playing dress-up.

See also ...

Normal childhood fears

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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