Turning Scary Monsters into Fun Ones (2-16-14)


Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   To teach your child about Dreamy Dreams.

PRACTICE:       Today, go to the library and borrow THE DREAM JAR.

Read it to your child – during the day, not at bedtime so you have time to talk about what a Dreamy Dream is.

Explain what a Dreamy Dream is and give examples.

Play the “WHAT IF” game. Ask him, “What if you had a bad dream about big hairy monsters? How could you turn that into a Dreamy Dream?” You can offer some examples like monsters who are teeny tiny, toothless, all furry and cuddly, so sleepy they can’t wake up no matter how hard they try, or monsters without legs that weeble-wobble on round behinds.

Tell him you will remind him how to do this anytime he has a bad dream.

Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, THE DREAM JAR.  Read the book to a child in your life each day as a reminder of what you are deciding and practicing that day.

Come back each day for another good parenting decision and how to practice it. (Each day’s activity will also be posted on the Daily Parenting Tips page for easy access.)

Read the whole story at Getting Kids to Sleep.

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