Help with anxiety in my 5 year old!!
He had a nightmare 2 weeks ago and his once wonderful bedtime routine is now a drawn out battle that gets worse every night. We have tried writing his dream down and burning it up, applying "good dream cream" to his forehead every night, talking about it and letting him sleep w our blankets and pillows.
His daily behavior has gone from a mostly agreeable disposition to constant defiance, bargaining (attempted), whining and crying over the smallest things. My FIL said he reminded him of Caillou!! (He wasn't trying to be offensive, I despise Cry-you and having my son be compared to that bratty cartoon boy really struck a cord with me).
I am growing increasingly frustrated, angry and feel helpless to give my son the confidence and assurance he needs to get back into the more relaxed, calm and happy boy he used to be. Please help!! Any suggestions are appreciated!!