Our expert says:
Firstly you need to discuss this issue with your son during the day, not at night. Explain your case to him as you would an adult, not a child. There is nothing wrong with a night light if it solves the problem. Then turn it into a game. Empower your son to realize that he is more powerful than anything that could possibly be in his room. Ask him to explain what may be hiding in the cupboards and turn the perceived fears into a funny experience. For example when someone is afraid of spiders, we get them to imagine the spider wearing a pink wig and sunglasses, humming the theme tune to the Lone-Ranger. This works particularly well with kids. Next, establish a reward system. Make a star chart and reward your son with a gold star each night he stays in his own room. When you reach 10 stars he can pick a prize of his choosing. After a couple of weeks it will most likely be resolved.
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