Oh, all of you? I thought that might be the case.
Sometimes it’s monsters under the bed or witches outside the window. For my older brother, it was a tiger in his closet. For me, it was a man under my bed. (you know, with a knife. which is why I can never, ever let one body part hang over the side of the bed even though I’m almost 30.) But no matter what that fear is or how irrational it may seem, it is 100% real to your toddler.
Which means don’t tease them about it. Don’t call them a sissy or say that they’re not afraid, because they totally are. On the other hand, you don’t want to coddle them because then they’re like, “Hey, mom seems to think this is real too which means OH MY GOSH REAL FEAR.” Instead, you want to be cool and calm about approaching the monsters. Let your toddler know that you hear them loud and clear and that you recognize their fear, but that the fear is something they can conquer. Hey, big life lessons right there!
Here’s some ideas for beating that monster/witch/tiger/man-under-the-bed:
How do you fight the bad guys?
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