Do you remember being terrified to go to bed alone as a kid? Whether it was a Goosebumps book that you read or a horror movie you watched without permission, at one time or another you were afraid to fall asleep. So afraid of what might pop out of the shadows, you probably hid beneath your blanket or used another mechanism to ward off the unthinkable.
You weren’t alone in your fear of the dark. This is one of the first fears that a child develops. Where does this dread come from? Why does it happen? How do we battle it? Many parents have to combat this phase with their child and help them overcome it. The book, Lights Out by Chad Cramer helps parents face this stage through scripture and having faith in God. Cramer said,“The earlier we can instill biblical principles regarding fear and the proper view of God, the sooner our children can gain the security and confidence they need to choose courage over fear.”
Aside from prayer and having faith, Cramer also suggests using “fear busters” to help children turn around their unhealthy relationship with the dark. What are fear busters? They are simple activities for you and your child that will help to ease them out of their worries. Cramer says, “The fear of the unknown, the darkness and unfamiliar sounds can be overwhelming to a child’s outlook.” He goes on to say, “These fears and insecurities often lead to other harmful feelings or anxieties, which can cripple a child’s potential.” How many times have we as adults allowed our fear of something to hold us back from an opportunity? It may surprise you, but children experience the same thing. Being afraid of the dark is just the beginning. Kid’s develop many other fears as they grow, and if we don’t teach them how to effectively deal with them early on, they will indeed allow those fears to hinder them. Through Cramer’s fear busters, children learn to face their terrors by understanding what they are afraid of and discovering the truth behind it.
Use Cramer’s tips in the book Light’s Out to help your child face the dark and other fears.
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