Understanding Preschooler Anxiety

Worry #1: "A monster is in my room!"

What You Do: It's tempting to say, "Goblins aren't real. Don't be afraid." That might reassure some kids, but it may not work well for children ages 3 to 5. Dr. Lagattuta found that "positive pretense," psych-speak for playing along, is more effective at this age. "Instead of trying to remove your child from an imaginary world, help her put a positive spin on it," she says. "You might say, 'Oh, I'll bet that goblin is friendly and just wants to play with you."

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