My three-year-old son recently watched Monster's Inc. He enjoyed the movie and laughed at the funny parts but there has been a side-effect of the plot. He's now afraid of doors at night time. He sleeps in our bedroom. Our closet doors are sliding and he doesn't seem bothered by those, however, he is bothered by the main door. He eyeballs the door frequently as he is going to sleep and is uncomfortable if my wife or I are not around. Previously he was perfectly fine by himself and would fall asleep within minutes of his head hitting the pillow.

How can we assist him in getting over this fear of doors or is this just a phase we're going to have to ride out?

  • This is a 90 minutes long movie - one might consider whether a 3-year-old can spend so much time before screen in one day. Not to criticize your parenting methods, but these type of films may be designed for an older audience.
    – Roger V.
    Commented Jul 22, 2021 at 9:31

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I'd fight irrationality with irrationality. Have your kid pick some stuffed animals, and tell him that they will watch the door all night, and prevent the door from becoming a portal.

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