There’s nothing worse then having your child wake you up in the middle of the night screaming in terror from a nightmare. My daughter has recently started to do this, partially I think, because her older brother has been telling her stories to scare her. Either way I’ve been researching some great ways to help my child overcome her night terrors and continue with a restful sleep. If your child’s bad dreams are becoming an issue for your family, read on, here are some helpfult tips to help them sleep sound at night.
I’ve read online some parents have approached this problem by giving their son or daughter a magic wand. The idea behind it is, if she has a bad dream she can grab her wand and ‘zap’ away the bad dream. You also explain to your child that although the wand is there to get rid of your bad dreams, he/she also has to power by him or herself. Explain that dreams aren’t real and you can do whatever you want in them; so when if you’re having a bad dream, try thinking of something that makes you happy. This is a great tip to help a withs a child’s bad dreams, particularly if its a girl, she’ll like the idea of having a magic wand. If it’s a boy having bad dreams, consider giving him a wizards wand instead.
Water Bug Spray
A heard of another technique where parents will give their child a spray water bottle. If the child has nightmares about bugs, snakes or other creepy crawlies he/she can use the water bottle as a tool in his/her mind to get rid of the bugs. The parents simply let the child spray the bottle around his room thinking it was some sort of bug repellent. Of course you’ll want to make sure he stays out of reach of any real bug repellent, try explaining that this only works in his room and no other bug spray can work.
Watching Monsters, Inc.
This is another great idea for helping with your child’s bad dreams, if he or she is afraid of something in the closet or hiding under the bed. This movie, is the lovable story about the monster hiding in your closet, but will reassure your child there’s nothing to be afraid of. A close friend of the family expressed how she allowed her son to watch the movie and low and behold he wasn’t afraid anymore of something hiding under his bed; in fact he now thought it would be ‘ok’ because they’d be a friendly monster like the ones in the movie.
I can remember being young the first time I had ever heard of the Native American Dreamcatcher. It’s suggested that you have your child make one him or herself one out of pipe cleaners, string, beads and other household materials. Explain the story of the dreamcatcher and how it’s suppose to catch all of your child’s bad dreams, only letting the good ones through.
Nightmares occur for all sorts of reasons, some reasons are: scary stories they hear from other children, watching an upsetting movie or TV show, getting worked up or upset before bed time or feeling anxious or stressed throughout the day. Some other out of the ordinary things can cause your child to experience nightmares as well, things such as: divorce, switching schools, death in the family or a parent losing his/her job. All of these events can trigger your child having nightmares.
I’m going to try a few of these methods on my daughter to help her cope with her bad dreams, I would suggest you try the same if your son or daughter is having them too. I don’t like to see my daughter upset by her dreams so I’m hoping one of these methods will work for her. I hope one of these tips will be able to help with your child’s bad dreams as well.