My 2 years old will turn 3 in a couple of months. Since about a week or two ago he has developed some new fears. He became afraid of bugs flying outside the window, or at the playground. He would scream with eyes shut, refusing to open his eyes so he doesn't have to see this "bug". He is also afraid of a cornor of his bedroom. Before go to bed he looks at this corner with fear. He is ok with darkness so far (knock on the wood). There is no night light in his room since he was a baby. He has slept in this room since he was born and there is nothing new about it.
These are normal developments for his age. Respond to them in a casual, matter-of-fact way, without any sense of alarm. Do not contribute to the fear by acting like there is any reason to check (for example, in the corner). If he wants to check, fine, but don't participate in it. Otherwise you convey the sense that there is actually something to fear. This same approach applies when children fear that something is in the closet or under the bed.
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