Toddler Fear of the Dark

My child has had a fear of the dark. I have already written about this and the role fear can play in our worldview in Thoughts on Fear. Caleb's fear of the dark seems to wax and wan, so I just work with it depending on what phase he is in.

I have a few books about kids who are afraid of the dark. He relates to the boys in the books quite a bit when reading them. I'm not actually sure how instrumental they are in helping his fear when it is more prominent. But I like having books on hand as resources regardless.

Here are some of the books we have:

Link: The Dark
We have both these books. The one about fear can be found here: When I Feel Scared
This text offers the most Christian perspective of sorts, but is probably his least favorite as of now: Go Away, Dark Night

There are obviously a ton of scriptures about fear. Here are the few that I have printed and used. I also have an excerpt from Psalm 91 taped to his door and periodically read it to him (not necessarily related to his fear, it's just something I do anytime).

The Lord is my light and the One Who saves me. Whom should I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life. Of whom should I be afraid?
-Psalm 27:1 (New Life Version)

So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord!
-Psalm 31:24 (New Living Translation)

Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give peace to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
-John 14:27 (New Life Version)

I find that when he is scared, I have to first decipher if he is really scared, or just trying to get out of bed. Often times, he is just trying to stay up longer and uses a list of excuses. If he really is scared, I pray with him, I assure him he is fine and remind him he is not alone and that I am close (and so is God), I shut his closet door (only at his request), I validated his fears because they are real to him, but try to highlight that the darkness isn't a bad thing. And that even if darkness is scary, he is not alone, and we have his night light and door open. For the most part, we do okay. But it really can be a hard thing sometimes for kids. As of now, I am really glad to say that we are doing just fine with this and it has not at all been an issue as of recent. These are just some of the things I try to do to help work with it, but essentially the only things that really help, are going into his room, reassuring him, etc.