Welcome Back!

User Name
Password
Not Registered?

Tell us a little about yourself.

My child’s birthday is (for newsletter customization):

Enter an email address:

This is where your newsletters will be delivered to and where GreatDad.com will contact you with your new account information.

father's forum

A place to discuss, learn and share ideas, thoughts and solutions.
Latest Posts

Gifts for Father's Da...
Posts: 18 Views: 537

Which camera to choose?
Posts: 1 Views: 283

SEEKING FUN-FRESH CONTESTA...
Posts: 1 Views: 285

Calendar Reminder for 2018
Posts: 1 Views: 1249

Essay writing service uk
Posts: 1 Views: 1213

hi mom!

Would you like to share this site with your husband or a friend?

Just enter his email address and your name below and we'll let him know all about GreatDad.com.

His email address
Your Name

A nighttime guide to your children’s terrors

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 07-05-2007

Fears are especially palpable to children in the dark and this may cause a lot of trouble at bedtime. During these moments, it is essential to be supportive – but the goal in the long run should be to help your toddlers develop the skills and confidence to work their fears out on their own.


Here are a few suggestions to help your kids cope:



  • Be sympathetic – but not overprotective

  • Listen and then talk – let your toddlers talk out their bad dreams. It’s your job then to assure them that dreams are not real and there is nothing to be scared of

     


  • Don’t prolong the good-nights – this only adds to their anxiety

  • Reassure them that you’ll be there when they wake up – and if they have a bad dream, they can come and talk about it

  • Help them develop skills – give your toddlers a small lamp to help them sleep or teach them to use a small flash light to learn to use the potty on their own

  On the positive side, parents should realize that fear is a sign that their children are gaining a sense of their selves. It is a normal part of their children’s cognitive development, as they learn to deal with the difference between the known and the new and unknown.