How do you get a child not to be scared of a room?

United States
December 28, 2006 7:17am CST
My son is scared of our computer room. He won't even use his own bathroom anymore. He cried all night last night until he got in our bed. He is six years old and we tried to make him understand that there is nothing to be scared of. How can I make him understand this?
6 responses
@armywifey (883)
• United States
28 Dec 06
You should talk to him and try to understand what he is afraid of, and continue to resassure him that there is nothing to be scared of. Don't make fun or him or dsimiss his fears. When he does use the room tell him how brave he is rather than giving him attention when is is afraid.
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• United States
28 Dec 06
everytime we ask him what is it that he is afraid of in the room he clams up and we can't get any more out of him. maybe my house is haunted? not sure what to do anymore. maybe he just wants to sleep with us and is making up the stuff. i don't know what to belive.
• United States
28 Dec 06
He is probley just using these things as an excuse to sleep with you. If that is the case you just need to be strict and let him know it won't be tolerated. Continue to reassure him there is nothing to be scared of, and whn he is in bed check on him every few minutes to let him know you are there.
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@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
28 Dec 06
give him an old tv remote....have him decorate it etc and use it to "turn off" anything that scares him OR use a water bottle (spray bottle) and explain to him that yucky things dont like the water....appeal to his imagination..I went through this with my son yrs ago and dealign with it that way did wonders..
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@srhelmer (6934)
• Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
28 Dec 06
My daughter, who is 2, was scared of her bedroom for a while because she believed monsters would come through a hole in her wall. I put a mirror up and told her that, if there were monsters, they would be scared by their reflection and a cross up so God would protect her. I also told her she doesn't need to be scared unless I am and that seemed to reassure her enough where she has no problems sleeping in there.
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@amafrias (456)
• United States
28 Dec 06
I really don't think you can at 6. My daughter is also six, and she will not go inot the bathroom, her bedroom, anywhere really without someone to accompany her. I have sat down with her and explained many, mnay times that there is nothing to fear. We go to church, she believes in God, and that even scares her a little that there is someone out there more powerful than her that can see her at all times. I think at that age they just cannot grasp it. I just go with her, and when we get there I just talk to her about something totally different than her fear. Sometimes she forgets and will find herself in the bathroom right by herself, and she never says a word. I think she will grow out of it. Just don't let them watch grown up shows on T.V. Sometimes things we think are harmless can be big deals in the mind of a child. The news is the scariest show of all. It's real!!
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
28 Dec 06
Probably something in this room is not plesant. It may be something else, not computer. take all grafics from your walls. Reduce all dark colors. Move furnitures around. Kids are very sensitive if any bad energy is around. All grafics should be happy, all colors light. Room should be warm. Story telling at night is helpfull. Turn all computers off at night.
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@kuest1986 (484)
• India
28 Dec 06
scared of computer room? thats odd.he will be addicted to it in a few years.and yes for your question,i think it is best to wait for a while and see what happens.
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