Our expert says:
Its quite common for these sorts of fears to arise at this age, just when you thought he'd be OK about it. Calming him and talking through that these are nasty ideas, but not real, and unable to harm him, does help. Maria's answer is typically brilliant. Its a pity that other kids at school sometimes seem to get pleasure out of frightening another child. Continue to respond calmly, and offer him ways in which he could get rid of monsters--- such as by throwing a pinch of salt at them, something simple he can do and to help him feel more secure about mastering the situation.
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