Using Art to Turn Bad Dreams into Dreamy Ones (2-19-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   To help your child be able to use Dreamy Dreams when he has a bad dream.

PRACTICE:       If you haven’t already, 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 and draw pictures of Dreamy Dreams.

Explain what a Dreamy Dream is and give examples of how to turn a bad dream about big hairy monsters into a Dreamy Dream. For example, the monsters could be 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.

Suggest he draw some pictures of these imaginary good and fun monsters.

Tell him you will remind him how to do this anytime he has a bad dream, and he can remember these pictures in the Dreamy Dream that he makes up.

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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