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Did I immediately scoop him into my arms and get him some chocolate milk? You bet I did (he was only two)!
Since then, my son has told me about lots of bad dreams. His descriptions are always succinct:
- There was a horse that was kicking me. It wasn't nice.
- The train came into my room and it was being loud.
- I couldn't find my friend.
- Nobody knew where my mommy was.
- The dark is scary.
But, until he is older and realizes that dreams are irrational and beautiful, I have to help him with his fears at night. Here are some things that we do:
- We stick to a bedtime routine. A few books before bed makes for a happy boy.
- We do not let him sleep in our bed. He has slept in his own room since the day we brought him home from the hospital. (I don't need another co-sleeper.)
- We talk about our dreams in the morning: The good, the bad and the in-between. Now's the time to get him to communicate about what is bothering him.
What do you do in your household to chase away the bad dreams? Tell me about it in the comments.