Is this just something kids her age (26 mos) go through?
I don’t think we’ve ever pretended or suggested that the dark is scary. Yet lately, my daughter has been afraid of the dark.
It started with just having to have the night light on her sound machine at bedtime. It is on a timer, so it goes off after a while. But even with it on, when we turn off the table lamp, which is already on the lowest setting, so it isn’t a big difference, my daughter tells us, “don’t want dark!”
Fortunately, once the light goes off, she is fine for the night – probably because she is asleep. We have a very dim nightlight that we’ve always had in there. It is one of those green glowing things you plug in the outlet. It doesn’t do more than allow us a little tiny bit of light if we need to go in there at night.
We don’t want any more than that. Ms. Kaz read that it isn’t good for kids to have a light on all night (Brazelton??), and we don’t want her to become dependant on something like that. Especially if we are on a trip and we have to sleep in the same room as her.
Now, the last couple of days, at night or in the morning, she’s started doing a few new things. The first is to point out that it is dark outside. Sometimes, she’ll follow this with, “have to go inside,” alluding to a time I took her out at dusk to look at geese flying overhead and she started saying, “dark outside. have to go inside.”
The other thing is her refusal to go in a room which doesn’t have a light on. She’ll tell us, “no wanna go in there. it’s dark in there.”
Like I said, we’ve done nothing to encourage, suggest, even pretend about being afraid of the dark. Mostly for fear something like this would happen.
It isn’t really annoying or wrong. I just wonder where she picked it up from. Is it normal for kids to just develop fears like this?