'Mommy, I'm Scared' -- 9 Hacks to Banish Bedtime Fears for Good

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Any parent who's struggled to get their kids to go to sleep in their own bed has probably heard this explanation ad nauseum: "I'm afraid of the dark." This is no lame excuse: Fear of the dark can feel very real for kids, so it's not something for parents to brush off without considering what they can do.


But that doesn't mean you need to spend the rest of elementary school with a scared kiddo in your bedroom. 

From glow-in-the-dark decals to "monster spray," these hacks and tricks will get your kids all but begging to turn off the lights come bedtime. Try one or a few to ease your kids' (and your own!) transition to bed.

Tricks to Help Kids Afraid of the Dark

Hack #10 is genius for nighttime bathroom trips!


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