Lions, and Tigers, and Bears…and Bad Dreams, Oh My!
Dorothy and her gang heading to OZ may have had their demons, but they’re nothing compared to what’s frightening toddlers nowadays.
The boys have been going through the “bad dream” stage as of late. I don’t know if this is a little early, or not, but what I DO know is that unless we solve it, no one is getting any sleep.
I mean, they’re only 4 years old…what do they have to get bad dreams about?
- They play all day.
- Have 3 meals in front of them at the appropriate times.
- They’re clueless about who we’ve just elected into office.
What could be making them wake up at 3 in the morning? I have no idea, but what I DO know is that for those of you who are going through this as well, I think we’ve found a solution!
First, we had a talk with them about dreams. We explained that dreams were not reality. That if you woke up from a bad dream, the secret was to say to yourself, “It was just a dream.” Close your eyes, and go back to sleep.
Then we went a step further and I picked up some “Good Dream Spray.”
The boys and I went to Michaels Craft Store, and we picked out some stickers that made them feel happy. In this case, hearts and clouds. We put the stickers on a small spray bottle (we found ours at Sprouts) and I filled it with “Special Good Dream Solution.” *
Now during our bedtime routine, one of our steps is to spray good dreams into the room. Or spray to keep the bad dreams away, whichever you choose. We picked the former, just so that we reinforced the words “Good Dreams” rather than even bringing up the fact that there was anything around our house but.
The results? So far, so good. Since implementing it, we’ve only had a couple of incidents, and those were quickly quelled by reminding them it was just a dream.
What do you do in YOUR house to illicit good dreams?
*We just used water, because it’s more of the cat of spraying in good dreams the boys are after. If you think smell will work, feel free to use something with a scent.