Bad dreams are one of those big things in childhood I think. They are as real as any life experience. I don't know much behind the meaning of dreams or the why's or wherefores but I do know that they happen and when they happen they can be very upsetting.
In our house Rebe is the one who has most bad dreams, they seem to come in spells, nights on end for perhaps a week and each night there is another bad dream.
So we do little things, make little rituals to make them manageable. I thought I'd share some of them here:
This last idea is the sweetest and the kids came up with this one on their own. They are Benny and Rebe whistles, to call each other in their dreams if they need to.
Rebe had had a dream about a bad dog trying to bite her. When she told us about it the next day, Benny listened very carefully and then told her that if he had been in her dream he would have held onto the dog and put a lead on it and tied it to a washing line so it couldn't bite her. So they came up with a way of calling to each other in their dreams, if the other needed rescuing.
Funnily enough since then we've had no more bad dreams!
What techniques do you use in your home to battle bad dreams?