HELP!!! My 5 year old is afraid of Zombies!!!

Charlene - posted on 01/22/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I am at my wits end with my 5 year old son. It all started 2 Halloweens ago, but has escalated since this Halloween. He is afraid of Zombies, Vampires and anything scary. I try and reassure him that these things are not real, but no matter what I say to him he doesn't believe it. He has always been a nervous kid, not very adventurous. If he climbs up on something, lots of times we would have to take him down, wouldn't try a neighbours kid's zipline which looked like bundles of fun. We have not watched bad shows around him and if by chance one comes on he runs to the kitchen to get away from the tv if he sees a gun or anything bad he screams for me to turn off the tv. The problem is all the other kids like to play zombies and vampires...its very popular among todays youth...which is sad. I can't leave a room and he is following me. If I'm in the bathroom he's with me or outside the doorway on a chair. If I'm in the kitchen, he's under the table playing his DS. He won't go outside by himself or his room. If I do convince him to get something upstairs I have to stand at the bottom and be very quiet. He calls out Moooooooom, where are you and runs hyperventilating all the way back to the stairs. Sometimes even when he can see me he still asks, Mom, where are you? His little friend from school that lives across the road has to come up and get him and walk him back to her house because he is too afraid to go himself. These are just a few of many examples that I could give. His dad is away a lot working so I don't know if him being gone all the time has any effect on his behavior. He says I'm not allowed to go out without him to a friends house. He doesn't even want me to go to work now when I get called into sub for a teacher, even though he's at school. I have an appointment with my GP for him on Monday to see if she can refer us to a therapist. Does anybody have any ideas what could be wrong or what I can do to help him? It saddens me that its keeping him from doing fun things. :(

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Lauren - posted on 01/22/2014

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Show him a funny or cute video of the things he is afraid of and that might help. My 4 year old was convinced monsters were under her bed until I did this trick. Tell them after they watched it that today somehow all the Scarry things are now nice. Hope this helped Charlene.

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