My (nearly) 4 year old has a fear of the dark and of monsters. It is so real to her that she will very fearfully say "dont look at the other side of the bed dad, there is a monster with gibbly gobly eyes" and cuddle me tightly (she has always slept with either mum or dad and never alone). The other day a pedestal fan with red digital numbers glowing in the dark scared her Never rubbishing or ridiculing such fears, I have tried to explain to her monsters are pretend and do not exist. I also offer to turn on the lights before sleeping - but the fear is too real. I have also put in dimly lit sensor lights in the room so if she hops of the bed there is some brightness - but that hasn't helped. She won't go into a dark room to get anything. "You shouldn't send me to dark rooms daddy, I am too scared". We have heavily curtailed any discussion, cartoons or TV shows where a monster is shown - even with a funny tone - as she seems to give a fearful side to them. I try to tell her bed time stories where the hero(ine) of the story punches and kicks the monsters who then run for their lives - but its having the opposite effect How do I help the child overcome the fear of dark and of monsters? Any advice please? The elder brother(now nearly 6) also has had fears of the dark, and ironically, when he was 4 the 2 year old daughter used to accompany him to the (semi dark)room so as to support him as he too feared the dark. He has come out of it with very little effort from our side - just a few stories of bravery and explaining the difference between pretend and real life did the trick for him.