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(Slate)   "My 2.5-year-old grandson has been having a recurring nightmare about a lady who tells him she needs something in his room and wants to put something on his foot. He's potty training and has a 4 week-old sister. How can we help him through this?"   (slate.com) divider line
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2020-07-06 7:55:33 AM  
Get.

Out.

Of.

The.

House.
 
2020-07-06 7:57:42 AM  
Stop screwing around with the ouija board.
 
2020-07-06 8:06:20 AM  
Make sure he lives to the age of 5
 
2020-07-06 8:07:48 AM  
 I  a had about a month of this kind of horrifying recurring nightmare. Mine was all in red with teeth everywhere and it was loud. It had personality.

My mom got sick of the terrible screams and after a week of this, she started to teach me how to wake myself up. Meditating before sleep, looking for cues inside the dream, and finally trying to force a cue to appear to let me know. She worked at coaching me until one night I found the cue. It was so vivid I can remember it clearly today, and I climbed up/ swam up out of the dream. She didn't explain lucid dreaming, but that's what it quickly became. I kinda got Inceptiony addicted to it for a while.

Anyway that was all back in February, 2020 has been a hell of a year.
 
2020-07-06 8:19:12 AM  
Keep his sister out of the room.
 
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2020-07-06 8:29:33 AM  
Make him watch Poltergeist
 
2020-07-06 8:36:09 AM  
Is it the Babadook?
 
2020-07-06 9:00:01 AM  
When I was that age I had a dream about one of those "pop goes the weasel" toys where a clown head pops out unexpectedly. Only in the dream it was huge, like several stories high, and the clown head was laughing at me. I woke up crying and my mommy and I had the talk about how dreams aren't real and they can't hurt you. The end.

And yes I do still remember dreams I had as a toddler. I once had a dream a mad scientist stole my bankie on the night my mother threw it away because it was falling apart. I can remember my father using a stapler to fix a tear in it.

Kids dream. They just need to know that dreams are safe and can't hurt them.
 
2020-07-06 9:10:12 AM  
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2020-07-06 9:11:11 AM  
Tell him the monster under the bed will take care of the lady
 
2020-07-06 9:27:54 AM  
BABA YAGA!
 
2020-07-06 10:19:15 AM  
My son went through this around the same age. He said long arms were reaching out from under his bed and trying to grab him.

We had a monitor and I hate to crush any supernatural dreams but there were no arms.
 
2020-07-06 10:30:40 AM  

holdmybones: My son went through this around the same age. He said long arms were reaching out from under his bed and trying to grab him.

We had a monitor and I hate to crush any supernatural dreams but there were no arms.


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2020-07-06 10:31:48 AM  

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2020-07-06 10:46:36 AM  
Is it a rusty horseshoe?
 
2020-07-06 11:33:50 AM  
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My youngest had a dream a few times over a week or two time period where someone was turning him into a squeegee.

He'd half wake up, insist he wasn't a squeegee and we couldn't turn him into one, shrieking the whole time.

If you could get him to hear you assuring him he wasn't a squeegee and we weren't going to turn him into one he'd huff, say "that's right, not a squeegee", and then pass back out again in your arms.

In the morning he'd remember being very scared in the middle of the night, but not what he was scared about.  It stopped as suddenly as it started.

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For the question, drop the potty training.  Doing that when you have a newborn is a recipe for the potty training failing and for lots of extra drama like this.
 
2020-07-06 12:08:24 PM  
What is the relevance of the kid potty training and the age of his sibling?
 
2020-07-06 12:41:49 PM  
I used to have dreams about looking out my window and seeing Bigfoot standing on the roof of our neighbor's house. I blame the Six Million Dollar Man.
 
2020-07-06 1:18:14 PM  

Ambivalence: When I was that age I had a dream about one of those "pop goes the weasel" toys where a clown head pops out unexpectedly. Only in the dream it was huge, like several stories high, and the clown head was laughing at me. I woke up crying and my mommy and I had the talk about how dreams aren't real and they can't hurt you. The end.

And yes I do still remember dreams I had as a toddler. I once had a dream a mad scientist stole my bankie on the night my mother threw it away because it was falling apart. I can remember my father using a stapler to fix a tear in it.

Kids dream. They just need to know that dreams are safe and can't hurt them.


Was that before or after he wrestled it from the vacuum cleaner?
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2020-07-06 1:34:42 PM  
I have this reoccurring dream that my mom and dad are in bed, then a monster comes out of the closet and takes my dad away.  Then I get in bed with my mom.  What does it mean???
 
2020-07-06 2:28:06 PM  

debug: What is the relevance of the kid potty training and the age of his sibling?


A (relative to a 4 year old anyway) LOT of stress and changes all at once. Little dude's brain is changing. It's like being 6 weeks into an 8 week IT project and being told you now need to learn Quantum Mechanics in those remaining two weeks. AND still hit your deadline.
 
2020-07-06 2:50:57 PM  
My favorite part of the whole thing:

Again, it's not a ghost. More likely to be a demon taking the shape of an old lady.
 
2020-07-06 4:11:21 PM  

debug: What is the relevance of the kid potty training and the age of his sibling?


When my eldest was ready to start potty training we read three different books on the subject to figure out what we were going to do.

The three disagreed on just about ever aspect of the process (hinting that like everything else in parenting, it's about what you think will work for your kid).

One of the things they all agreed on and all stressed though was not to combine potty training with another big event, because it's destined to fail if it's not the big focus for a week or so.

New sibling?  Wait a few months.
Just started out of the house child care?  Wait a few months.
Parent A is starting a new job and the daily routine is out of whack?  Wait a few months.
 
2020-07-06 6:31:30 PM  
My grandson woke up and was crying. I went to see what was wrong.

He'd been having nighmares about a robot that was chasing him and trying to crush him. I had an answer.

He had this rather elaborate 'space gun' with lots of flashing lights and sounds. I explained to him that the thing about dreams was that you can control them and once you know that you can get rid of nightmares. So what he needs to know is that his space gun has magic powers during a bad dream. Just dream that you're holding the space gun and shoot it at the robot. The robot will freeze. Then you tell the robot, "I am your new master." and from then on, the robot will be reprogrammed to take your orders and only respond to your commands.

Two days later I got a call from my daughter in the middle of the night wanting to know what I told him because he came rushing into her room to tell her about his dream about the robot that was chasing him but he shot it and reprogrammed it and then he went flying on the back of the robot.

\ I wasn't sure it would work but it was worth a try
 
2020-07-06 8:27:42 PM  
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I drew this guy on top of a pastry box when I was 6. He lived in my closet, and when I'd be falling asleep would creak open the door and crack silly jokes with me. I was never scared of the guy (he had a real 'Oscar the Grouch' personality) but I think I really spooked the hell out of my Dad out when he saw the drawing and I casually explained the origins. My Mom thought it was cool and had it framed, lol.

/Having enjoyable and entertaining nightmares has been a re-occuring theme throughout my life. Thanks Frank!
 
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