Understanding Preschooler Anxiety

Worry #3: "It's too dark!"

What You Do: Things that go bump in the night aren't the only reason preschoolers have trouble falling asleep. "Many kids have a genuine fear of the dark and sometimes even a night-light won't help," says Dr. Lagattuta. The solution: Encourage your child to recall a few things that made her smile that day, and record them in a good-memories journal for her to keep near her bed.

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