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Friday, November 10, 2017

How to Help Prevent Childhood Fears

It's Babywise Friendly Blog Network week! We are all writing on the topic of "fears". See below for the full schedule of topics and links from all of these wonderful ladies!

Today, Emily over at The Journey of Parenthood is talking about preventing childhood fears. She has 7 amazing ideas, including- no night lights! Yes you read that right. No night lights to prevent a fear of the dark...

"Many childhood fears are pretty common across the board: fear of the dark, fear of scary scenes in movies, fear of fast rides, fear of dogs, fear of being alone etc etc. Rather than waiting until your child expresses these fears and then trying to find a solution for them, there are ways to help prevent the fears in the first place. Easing their minds and keeping your life easier! 

No Night Lights

A very, very common fear children have is being afraid of the dark. This is such a common fear that parents often start off their children with night lights from birth. Growing up I was such a child who feared the dark. Even now if my husband travels I leave a couple lights on so I feel safer. 

This is a fear I didn't want my children to have. It's not fun feeling fearful. I am also nearsighted and have read that vision issues can come from sleeping with a light on. If I could prevent my children from being fearful of the dark and possibly help their vision too? I was all for it. 

Sleeping is a time of rest. We don't need lights on. Our bodies sleep best if it's dark and it's the best way for our mind to recognize that it's time to sleep. With our children we've never allowed night lights. This helps them sleep well from infancy and has truly minimized any fears of the dark."

Read the full post here...

Babywise Friendly Blog Network

It's Babywise Friendly Blog Network week! We are all talking about the topic of "fears" this week. Here is the full schedule: (Links will be live on the day scheduled)

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