The dark can be a scary thing to face. Many children are afraid of the dark, and secretly many adults are not as brave as they would like to be when it comes to being in shadowy surroundings. Even worse than being in the dark with others in the house, is being alone but there are ways to make you feel more comfortable and safe.
One of the best things to have during the time of being home alone is a pet. You will feel happier knowing there is another presence in the house that you know should be there, plus any random creaks or noises can just be blamed on the cat or dog. They can sense your feelings of anxiety and will probably come and give you some attention whilst sat watching TV.
Putting lots of lights on in the house, shutting the curtains and double checking that doors and windows are locked will instantly give you a sense of relief. Put the TV on in the living room and maybe even a radio upstairs is a good idea too, there is nothing worse than creeping about in silence. If you really are frightened then keep your phone next to you, and even sit and have a chat with a friend or family so they can keep you company with their voice for a while.
You may still feel scared being in the house with just your child, but you have to be brave for them! If you are with your little boy or girl and they have now got their own bedroom, it can be one of the most difficult times at trying to get them to sleep in a room on their own. They will use excuses to try and get out of going up on time and attempt to sneak back into your room. You may want them there to make you feel safer but getting a routine set should come first. The dark is one of the main concerns for kids, especially after hearing stories of monsters under the bed and the boogieman in the cupboard! If you place a nightlight on the landing then leave their door ajar, the glow will offer some comfort. If your house is not positioned to do so this way then place it in their bedroom.
Making sure your little one is surrounded by teddies and has a comfort blanket; these will give them an extra sense of reassurance. Calming them down before bedtime by chilling out and watching TV with a glass of warm milk and maybe even a cookie will no doubt ease the transition from living room to bedroom.