Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Monsters in the Closet?

Does your child fear the "Monsters in the closet?" Maybe they're under the bed instead, or maybe he or she wakes up screaming from a bad dream and can't calm down and go back to sleep.

Plenty of parents have shared this experience and felt helpless to assure their children that all is well.

Overcoming these fears may be as simple as turning off the TV - kids do absorb all that horrible stuff they see. Even some shows geared for children are full of violence and fear-inducing images.

It might also help to stop talking about fearful subjects when the kids are listening.They can pick up on your conversations and translate them into imaginary terrors even more horrifying than the events taking place in the world. If you yourself are fearful, they will of course pick that up. Kids are "tuned in" far more than the average adult.

Meanwhile, a bottle of Rock Rose on the bedside table could let you all get some restful sleep. This is the Bach Flower Essence of courage - the one that helps banish terror.

Rock Rose is one of the ingredients in Feel5ive - the formula that lets you face stressful events with calm assurance. I use it if I have to go to the dentist (a horror from youth that won't go away) or if I have to drive or ride a long way on icy roads. It also helps when preparing to speak in public, go on a job interview, or any of a hundred other things that create a stressful anticipation.

Sleeping pills are not a good idea for children - and could actually cause greater nightmares, along with other harmful side effects. So if your little one needs a dose of courage to chase away that closet monster, get a bottle of Rock Rose.
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