For the love of all that is good and holy, how do I get through this sudden fear of monsters???
No. He does not watch anything inappropriate for his age. The only time he's heard the WORD "monster " except" for Monsters Inc. ( he 'a three)
No. No one threatens him with a boogeyman or any type of cruel threats regarding imaginary creatures that go bump in the night,
I have the outside environment fears under control. He knows monsters just aren't allowed in our house . Like bugs. He knows that I just won't ALLOW " them" in my house. I say this in an authoritative voice. We have Monster Spray
( half water half fabreeze in a spray bottle)
What I CAN NOT CONTROL is his " imagination station" every night for a over a week, he has awakened screaming his head of from a nightmare involving a monster.
This can happen any time in the night. Now I can quickly get him back to sleep, a calm word some water and down he goes, but them I'm up from adrenaline as I suffer from insomnia anyway.
I'd guesstimate I've had 14 hrs. sleep in the past 8 days.
He 's not a newborn so no " welcome to motherhood " replies, please.
I'm not going to tell him there are no such thing as monsters because I know, right now for him, there are. To him it is not an irrational fear.
Heck! To ME, they aren 't am irrational fear because " they" wake me up every night! :'-(
I just need to know if there is anything I 'm NOT doing that could help and / or how long this phase lasts? My older son did not suffer from nightmares and he's 14 so I am at a loss as to how to help him feel secure enough that I can get a full night's sleep so that oh, idk I could be a NICER person in general?
I am so very tired.