Using Art to Help Kids Sleep (2-25-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   To help your child be able to use a Dream Jar 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 can talk about what a Dream Jar is.

Explain what a Dream Jar is and give examples of how it can help deal with bad dreams. For example, it can remind us to use magic wands, light sabers, magic potions and all sorts of pretend powers to make monsters be what we want them to be and to stay in control of our own safety.

Suggest your child draw some pictures of him using these powers.

Tell him you will remind him how to do this anytime he has a bad dream and he can remember these pictures when he is using his Dream Jar and making up Dreamy Dreams.

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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