Monday, 4 January 2016

Are You Afraid Of the Dark?

Welcome to 2016 everyone.

First up on my agenda this year: dealing with Nathan's fear of the dark.  This has been a growing problem for some time.  I've tried to be accepting, giving him nightlights and glow in the dark stars.  After all, most kids (and some adults) are scared of the dark.  I didn't want him to feel that it was a bad thing or that it made him a coward.

But now it's getting out of hand.  He's demanding more and more lights be kept on at night, which is affecting his sleep (and mine).  He's also refusing to get up to go to the washroom if it's too dark.  

With everything else that's been going on in the last year, I've maybe let Nathan's fears ride for too long.  So I think I'm going to have to find a way to help him get over his fears.

My thought is to do some immersion work on it.  Take away the nightlight and the hall lights but have me stay with him so that he doesn't have to be scared.  I can put the nightlight back after I leave.  (I'm refusing to keep the hall lights on all night.)

Hopefully that will help him to see that there's nothing to be scared of in the dark which wasn't there in the light.

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