Tuesday, 24 May 2011
We've recently discovered that Preston (2 years old) is scared of the dark. We put a little night light in his room but apparently that isn't enough.
This morning he came running into my room crying hysterically. But only because he heard daddy's car start and knew daddy was leaving. So I told him to go get his pillow (which is basically his lovey, he won't sleep without it) and he can come lay in bed with me.
He absolutely REFUSED to go down the hallway to his room because it was dark - all the lights were off. Once I got up and turned the hall light on he had no problem. He hesitated at his door but saw that the light shone in there too so he got his pillow and came and laid with me.
Now this isn't the first time I've noticed he's scared of the dark, just the most serious happening so far. Like, he's told both my husband and me that he's scared of the dark. All he says is "scared dark" but we know what he means, ya know?
So I guess I'm looking for advice. I really thought 2 years old (just turned 2 at the end of December) was too young to be scared of such things but I guess he's got more of an imagination than I thought? What could he possibly be scared of??
We don't watch scary movies in front of him at all and the only thing I can think is maybe Monsters, Inc. started it, but I'm not sure. I can't remember if it started before or after.
I have asked him why he's scared but I get no answer. Just a blank stare as if he has no idea what I'm asking, which he might not understand what I'm asking but still, we have asked. I hate him being so scared.
So, should we maybe get a bit brighter night light? Are there any good children's books that address this fear? Any other advice would be great.