I knew eventually we would have to deal with the girls having nightmares, but sadly that day has finally come.
Last night, my girls spent the night at my mom’s house. Like they have done tons of times before. However, this morning my oldest daughter (she will be 5 in March) tells me that she had two really bad dreams last night.
One, was about a boy who poked her when she was at her grandpa’s house. Not too strange, but maybe just a feeling she is having. The second dream is what has really messed her up.
She said she “saw” Chuck E. Cheese standing outside their bedroom door. See to most kids, he is fun.
Not to her.
I’m guessing it started because Friday morning we had a play date at Chuck E Cheese. She loves that place, but every time we have ever been there she runs and hides under the table when the Chuck E. Cheese guy comes out. Of course, I have told her hundreds of times that he is not real, just a guy dressed up in a costume like for Halloween, but all the time. She says she understands, but he still scares her.
This morning, when I went to pick the girls up from my mom’s, she refused to go grab her stuff from their room. She was on the floor, in a ball, crying.
I continued to tell her that there was no one else in grandma’s house, but us. That he is not real and there is nothing to be scared of. I told her to go get her things from her room or she wouldn’t be staying the night at grandma’s anymore.
She flat out said, “Fine. I don’t want to stay the night here anymore.”
My heart was breaking for her.
I know how much she LOVES to stay the night at my mom’s. For her to say that to me, she must be really scared. I even told her no more Chuck E. Cheese then, and once again, she was okay with that.
So now my question for you is, what do you do when your child has a bad dream/nightmare?
I am praying it’s just a phase.