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Worries and Willies: Coping With the Monster Under the Bed

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It’s healthy for toddlers to be afraid of strangers, dogs, noisy environments, and separation from parents or care providers. Common fears of 3-year-olds also include masks, old people, darkness, parents going out at night, and animals. Every child, beginning in infancy, has fearful responses to some things; that is part of normal development and keeps kids a little wary (a good thing) in threatening situations.

Think about what scared you when you were young (and what still does). Many of your fears started during your early childhood, and you certainly didn’t take them lightly at the time. Lots of today’s scary movies are based on nothing more complex than the fear of strangers or the dark, and look how well they continue to do because we still carry some of those childhood fears.

 
 
 
 

 
 
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