Battling Your Child’s Bedtime Fears

Reading “The Monsters Under The Bed” inspired me to do a post about the very common parenting dilemma that is children’s nighttime fears and nightmares. Battling bedtime your child’s bedtime fears can be trying.

It’s not uncommon for toddlers and preschoolers to be afraid and dream of monsters. While experts say that this does not reflect a serious underlying emotional or psychological problem, we can’t help but feel bad about our children not being to sleep peacefully at night. So what can we do to minimize these fears and reduce the discomfort they bring upon our kids? Here are my suggestions:

1. Track what triggers your child’s fears–scary stories, movies or TV shows–and minimize exposure to these things.

2. Emphasize to your child that the monsters he read about in storybooks or saw on TV are only pretend characters.

3. Don’t ignore, devalue your child’s fears; even though you have to tell your child that monsters are not real, you should acknowledge the fact that your child’s fear is very real.

Battling your child’s bedtime fears is a very real problem for parents. What suggestions do you have for those struggling now?

Getting Your Child to Sleep at Night: Tips and Advice To Help You

Trying to get your young child to fall asleep is a difficulty that parents all have to deal with. It is hard enough to get your own body to be tired at the right time of day, let alone your child’s. There is no way to make them fall asleep, but you can stress behaviors that will help. Cutting out things such as late night snacks, loud noises in the house, and other distractions can be helpful in creating a good sleep environment for your child. You should set a bedtime and stick to it every night. Having a definite routine will make some sense of normalcy for your child, and in time it will help their body to feel tired at the right time.

A recent post on Dad’s Round Table titled, “Tips to Help Your Child Fall Asleep and Stay Asleep” had some really interesting pointers to give on this topic. They discuss topics such as paint color in your child’s room and also instilling a dimming light into their room as well. The light being dimmed can trigger their biological clock to make them feel tired.

How do you get your child to fall asleep at night? We would love to hear different techniques parents are using!