Are You Afraid of the Dark?

I was. When I was younger, I used to think that every dark alley contains some hidden danger that would suddenly jump out and get me. It didn't help that some of the adults (not my parents but other caregivers) would use scary stories to keep me from being naughty...you know, stories about night creatures like ghosts, vampires, and creatures from folklore like the aswangs and manananggals. I wonder if I would be less afraid if I had night vision binoculars that would enable me to see in the dark, then maybe all those scary shadows and shapes would be less frightening to an impressionable child.

One thing I've learned...don't make your children do the things you want by using scare tactics.

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