Fearing that the light in the room will turn off is one of the common fears among children, since 30% of people usually experience it at some point in their childhood, which can arise between 3 and 5 years and disappear after no later than 10 years of age.
There is no specific cause or a single explanation for this fear, but it is mainly related to the state of mental development of children.
Between 2 and 7 years of age According to Piaget, children are in the pre-operative stage, whose main characteristic is the use of symbols to represent objects, places and people, which is called symbolic function.
Sometimes, when being in dark places, children begin to imagine situations or objects that are not real and that represent threats to them, so light takes on a protective meaning.
For this reason, it is important that parents help children to lose their fear of being in the dark little by little, so that they feel the support of their parents and thus can stay longer every night in rooms without light.
How to help a child who is afraid of the dark?
There are many ways to help children overcome this fear, but the main strategy and the one that has proven to be the most effective in both time and efficiency, is play.
Through playful activities the child will find the motivation to face his fear and over time he will learn to be calm in rooms without lighting, because he will learn that there is no reason to feel anguish, fear or anxiety despite the absence of light.
In Lit your dreams We suggest you play one of the following games in the dark so that your little one can learn to have fun without having the light on.
1.- Blind chicken:
This game consists of blindfolding the child and making him look for one of the parents in the room. It is important to play in a place with little furniture and to remove objects that could fall and hurt children. At first, you can play with the light on and as you gain confidence and confidence in the game, the degree of difficulty will increase until the light is turned off.
2.- Telling stories in the dark:
Another fun way to eliminate fear of the dark is through storytelling. Bedtime stories without light are excellent for activating the imagination, so it is important to tell a story where the main character overcomes a fear, solves a problem or has fun with his friends. The topics are endless, but if you run out of ideas, you can draw on your child's experiences and tell them with a fantastic touch.
3.- The game of shadows:
Very similar to the previous one, but with the help of a small lamp, make figures with your hands or with paper puppets and create funny stories. In this way, the little ones will learn that the dark is not bad, it can also be fun.
4.- Treasure hunt:
Hide your child's favorite toy / candy and turn off the light! The mission is to find the treasure that is hidden in the dark. Whether playing in the whole house or just in their room, in this way, your child will learn to control their thoughts and focus on something other than fear, and they will also get a reward when finishing the game: the satisfaction of having fun without light! !
5.- Glow-in-the-dark pajamas:
Using wall lamps seems like a simple solution to the issue, but in the end we will not teach children to be calm in bedrooms without light, for this reason, it is necessary to increase their safety.
The method Lit your dreams consists of the child choose his pajamas that glow in the dark and turn off the light. As soon as the room is without lighting, the child will be able to perceive the brightness of his pajamas, helping to identify his body in the dark and giving a small source of light that will make him feel calm. To accustom the child, it is possible to play a game with the parts of the body, where your child will have to touch the parts that you say out loud.
These are our suggestions and you, how have you helped your children to lose their fear of the dark?