Here’s another fun idea we used to help our kids conquer their fear of the dark and go to sleep easier – we created guardians for our beds. While exhausted one night from having to come back into both of our kids rooms one night, we asked them what would make them feel safer in their bedrooms. Both our son and daughter said that something to watch over and guard their beds would be great. So, after using our creative juices, we thought what makes a better guardian of special treasures than a dragon? (I’m sure there is something, but at midnight we couldn’t think of anything better.)
So, the next night we went and got all of our books with pictures of dragons in them. We seem to have a plethora of books with dragons but if you don’t, go to the library and get some. Everyone in the family picked their favorite style for inspiration and then drew a dragon on a piece of paper. We then named our dragons (my dragon’s name is Fiero – very Italian, very hot!) and taped the dragon to the wall near our bed.
Pick any animal, person, or thing that would make your kids feel comfortable. Be creative. My son was considering drawing the killer rabbit from Monty Python and the Holy Grail but ultimately went with a dragon.
Whether this idea helps your kids conquer their fear of the dark or not, we had a blast sitting together at the kitchen table one night drawing and naming dragons. It turned out to be a Chocolate Cake Moment of family fun in my book. Plus, I now have a hot, Italian dragon guarding me at night. Cool! (Click on the picture below to see Fiero in his full glory.)
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Have you ever done anything similar? Please share.