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What do you recommend to help my son stop being scared when I vacuum

When I vacuum he cries if I mention I'm going to use it he gets upset but when his dad does it he is ok and will follow him around but unfortunately hubby can't vacuum very often he has injuries and ailments that prevent it please help me find a possible solution

Jane ...
Answer: Hi, You've thought about the obvious answer with your husband doing it, but what about sharing the job? Or can your husband take your son into the yard to play when you've got to vacuum or go for a walk around the block? Often fears improve just over time and without too much attention and reassurance from the parents. Too much fuss and the child can learn that there really is something to be brave about. Too little and the fear escalates. Can you just leave the vacuum somewhere he can see it, just in the corner of a room so that he becomes used to the appearance of it and over time it's not such a big deal. Perhaps he's picking up too that your attention isn't on him when your vacuuming or you can't hear him. So the basic things like making sure he's all set up with a drink and some food and isn't due for a sleep may help. Cheers Jane
Answered: 26 Jul 2014