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Title: Afraid of the Dark?
Post by: KatyD on October 26, 2013, 05:20 PM
Anyone have any fun and/or unique ways that they've helped their preschoolers conquer their fear of the dark?

Thanks!

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Title: Re: Afraid of the Dark?
Post by: crookedbook on October 27, 2013, 06:34 AM
I don't know how unique this is, but I made "monster spray" from an old squirt bottle, some water, and a blank label. Several of my mom-friends suggested it after my daughter starting having bad dreams. She is almost 4. We used to spray it under the bed and in the corners of her room every night.
Title: Re: Afraid of the Dark?
Post by: KatyD on October 27, 2013, 07:25 AM
Thanks, crookedbook!
Title: Re: Afraid of the Dark?
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on October 28, 2013, 09:11 AM
I used to review what made each and every shadow with my daughter. I know people who check the room for scary things. If you can, sit there while darkness falls so they see how the change happens and you can explain it. Take flashlights out at night and talk about how it's all the same stuff we see in the day time.
Title: Re: Afraid of the Dark?
Post by: KatyD on October 28, 2013, 09:21 AM
Thank you, Debbie!
Title: Re: Afraid of the Dark?
Post by: ChrisLH on October 28, 2013, 09:30 AM
When he was three years old, our son settled in for the night after the family dog checked the bedroom for him. The dog would sniff under the bed, behind the dresser, in the closet and anywhere else I asked. Then he'd curl up at the foot of the bed.
Title: Re: Afraid of the Dark?
Post by: Betsy on October 28, 2013, 10:57 AM
There's a great picture book--I can't think of the title at the moment--about all the wonderful things about nighttime.
Title: Re: Afraid of the Dark?
Post by: crookedbook on October 28, 2013, 01:49 PM
Have you seen The Dark? Puts a clever twist on this subject

http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Lemony-Snicket/dp/0316187488/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382993329&sr=1-1
Title: Re: Afraid of the Dark?
Post by: Liz Straw on October 28, 2013, 02:37 PM
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I am sure I am not alone in this, but I started wearing glasses at the age of two, I know there are other children out there that wear glasses at a very early age - because of the way my bedroom was oriented, there was no way for me to have my glasses next to my bed, just not possible, room was way to small.  However, now days they have all sorts of things that you can hang glasses over the post of a bed, if needed - I would have loved to have had those.  The things I thought I saw all the way up to age 14 in the dark or rather did not see were truly inventive.  A pile of clothes I was supposed to put away before I went to bed morphed into many sorts of monsters.  We had a hall light on (for my younger brother), and in my mind I knew what ever I thought I saw wasn't really there, but hey I have a very creative mind.  :lol4
Title: Re: Afraid of the Dark?
Post by: KatyD on October 28, 2013, 04:02 PM
Thanks, guys!

Crookedbook--I haven't seen that one! I'm definitely going to check it out. Sounds awesome.