“Mommy! I had a bad dream!”
This statement is always screamed at the top of their lungs at 2:45 am, right??
I am not a Mom that does well with less than 8 hours sleep. I don’t know how my some of my fellow Moms stay up late to watch shows or to work. There are also the super crazy ones that wake up early to “gasp!” workout!! You all are rock stars!
So when my daughter started waking in the middle of the night with bad dreams I had to run out and get all the books I could to read to her about why she shouldn’t be scared.
The goal was to have her understand that bad dreams aren’t real and to hopefully be able to sooth herself back to sleep when she wakes up. Hey, we all have bad dreams so it isn’t like I expect her to never have them but if I can get her to understand what happens when she wakes up then it will be better for everyone.
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Kids Books to Help Stop Bad Dreams
- Berenstain Bears and the Bad Dream by Stan and Jan Berenstain – we have to start out with this classic series. You can’t go wrong. In this one Brother and Sister see movies that are a little scary and both have bad dreams. It is a great book to keep on hand and I highly recommend even more of this series whenever there is an issue you a book to help kids to understand. I also have Berenstain Bears and Teasing that we used when the boys needed to understand when teasing is no longer fun.
- Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream by Martha Pieper – love this story about a happy kangaroo. We hadn’t ever read any books with a kangaroo as the main character so she loved this one. This one has won so many awards that I can’t even list them all. It was also written by a psychotherapist so really helps kids learn to handle the feelings bad dreams bring up all by themselves. I really love that!!
- Ready Freddy, Help! A Vampire’s Coming! by Abby Klein – This one is for boys slightly older than the picture book stage. I would say this is for ages 6 and up. My boys like all the Ready Freddy books. They have that gross boy humor that I must admit is not my cup of tea but if it gets them to read then I can go along with it. Freddy problem solves and figures out how to deal with his bad dreams.
- The Dream Jar by Lindan Lee Johnson – I have not read this book as it is only available in hardcover (more than I want to spend) or Kindle and our library does not have it available. It has the best reviews on Amazon of any book about bad dreams so feel like I must add it to my list. I hope to get my hands on a copy soon.
I have a hard time verbalizing the “why’s” of emotions with my kids. Books really help me discuss tougher topics and explain how to react in certain scenarios. I was such a book worm as a kid that books are the first thing I turn to when explaining emotional topics to my kids.
So next time you are dealing with a tough situation in your house like bad dreams or teasing first look at some books to help your kids find solutions. Do you have any favorite books to deal with childhood issues?
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