Halloween is approaching! And that means potentially scary things. You can do your best to avoid anything scary, but as people start to decorate their yards and stores start carrying supplies, it's inevitable your kid is going to see something scary... and those scary things might trigger nightmares.
Here are three ways to make those scary dreams a little easier to handle:
1. What are dreams?
Explain what dreams are! Reassure them that they aren't real and can even be fun.
2. Acknowledge and Normalize.
Even though they may not be real, dreams can certainly feel real. Admit that they can be scary, but also let them know nightmares are normal. Talk about how you yourself have nightmares sometimes and how you deal with them.
3. Give them power.
Once they realize dreams aren't real and they can control them, nightmares won't be as intimidating. This can be as simple as leaving a night light on or having easy access to a flashlight. Give them control over their nightmares and the fear will begin to disappear.
Of course, once you start showing that Halloween and scary things can be fun (like in this episode), that can go a long way, too!
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