“There are effective ways of dealing with nightmares. For parents, the key is finding the right solutions,”
“It’s not enough to tell a child, ‘Bad dreams aren’t real so there is no reason to be scared.’ Even though the dream isn’t real, the child’s emotions are real and need to be addressed,” according to the book, 1, 2, 3, 4: Nightmare No More.
Tips for coping with nightmares, according to Presno, include:
- Helping children feel comfortable and independent in their own rooms
- Talking with children about what’s going on in their world
- Teaching relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and imagining a safe place
- Having your child draw a picture of the nightmare with an empowering ending.
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