"For a few months now, Hank has been creeped out by the idea that there is a monster in the closet," the "Kendra On Top" star told Wonderwall at a recent movie premiere in Los Angeles. "I'm not sure where he picked up on that fear. He has also always been afraid of sharks and some other sea creatures. Lately, he has been combining those two fears especially at bedtime. He says there is a shark monster in the closet that is gonna get him when I leave the room. Today there was an octopus hiding in mama's shoes in the closet. Where does this stuff come from?"
As a big fan of going to the beach and a "huge animal lover," Wilkinson and her husband Hank Baskett, are trying everything they can think of to normalize the ocean's residents for Hank Jr., who celebrates his third birthday in December.
"I want him to love animals, even sharks, like I do. It is important to learn about animals, respect them and protect them so I'm trying to take his fear and turn it into a fascination instead,” she explained. “We take him to the aquarium a lot so he gets used to seeing them. I've been trying to read books with nice sea creatures in them and watch TV shows and videos with lots of animals in them. Hopefully, it works. Check back in a couple of months."
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