We haven’t talked much about dreams for awhile. I used to ask Ava what she dreamed each night and the answer was the same every morning: I dreamed about rainbows, and fairies, and you and daddy.
This morning Ava woke up whimpering and told me she had a bad dream last night. The timing couldn’t be more perfect as I JUST read an article in one of my mommy magazines last night about children’s dreams and how to talk to children about them.
So I sat in her bed and asked if she wanted to talk about her dream. She told me that it was about monsters and fairies and the monsters were ‘tacking (attacking) the fairies. “Oh dear,” I exclaimed, “the fairies that protect our house each night from the monsters?”
It’s true, there are fairies that protect our house from monsters. They fly around outside at night and tell the monsters to keep on moving to their own house. Apparently, the monsters didn’t like this last night and they decided to attack.
I asked Ava if there was anything I could do to make her feel better and she said I could tell her a story about the snow fairies, but she did not want monsters in the story.
Tonight I asked Ava if she could think of some helpers for the fairies in case she had the same dream. I suggested that the helpers could become part of the dream. “Yes, their parents will be in the dream and they will help the fairies get away from the monsters.”
Yay, parents save the day!