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.

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