Why Children Develop Nighttime Fears
If you are a parent of a bigger kid, it is possible that you are wondering why children develop nighttime fears at certain ages. You may think that it is a bit strange for him/her to have these scary thoughts that he/she didn’t have when he/she was still a toddler or a preschooler. Your child’s fears may involve the dark, being alone while sleeping, or having monsters in the closet or under the bed. What you need to understand is that these children, seeing that they are already attending school, now have more vivid imaginations despite of having a better grasp in terms of the difference between fantasy and reality.
One of the major reasons as to why children at this age bracket develop so many nighttime fears is due to their greater access to videos, news reports, movies, books, magazines, and TV shows. With this increased access, it means that they are exposed to scary images and messages. Furthermore, with them already being away from you while at school, you cannot be there with them to help them have a better understanding of such things. These kids’ worlds have grown much bigger, and while it means that their day time is filled with fun and excitement, the same world can be transformed into something scarier and overwhelming when it is already dark.
Nighttime fear encompasses many things. It can be fear of the dark, fear of being separated from parents, fear of noises, and fear of bad people. According to experts, this is normal and part of a child’s developmental stage. What you need to understand as a parent is that it can last for many years, up until the age of 8 or 9.
So what can you do? Your job as a parent for the next several years is to provide all the support and assistance you can to help your child have a better understanding of what real danger is and how he/she should handle such situations.