Or “monsers” as my three year old calls them. These imaginary creatures make noises, cast shadows, and cause my youngest to park himself smack dab in the middle of my bed.
Since I’d like my bed back, we have to work to get him to understand that monsters aren’t real.
3 Ways to Solve the Monster Problem at Bedtime
1. Explore the room with your child. Look under beds, in the closet, anywhere the monsters might be. Show your child they aren’t there.
2. Allow for a nightlight or a glowing/light-up toy. The dark can get the best of any of us- even adults. So, let a little light be allowed.
3. Limit any talk of monsters. TV, video games, stories: if there’s a monster, either don’t watch or talk about how monsters aren’t real.
I’ve never been a fan of “monster sprays” or other fictional ways to keep monsters away because that puts the idea in my boys’ heads that monsters are real.
How Sprout’s Pajanimals Can Help Bedtime Battles
The Pajanimals, available only on 24-hour preschool television channel Sprout, features four fuzzy friends who wind down for bedtime in a cozy and reassuring way. The show helps you tackle common bedtime issues like getting out of bed, bad dreams and scary monsters. Check out Sprout’s bedtime tips– at the end of the day, I can use all the help I can get in making bedtime easier!
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