Sunday, January 4, 2009

Back to School Tomorow

I think this may have been the fastest Christmas break ever. I had planned on writing all of the questions for a bible study I'm leading in our home group over the break, but it didn't happen. Since we didn't go to church because of our sick Bryn (she's feeling better now)I spent the day furiously reading and typing and I've at least got the first month down now. Over the break, I had a great time with my girls-- I am going to miss not seeing them the whole day tomorrow.

I don't feel ready to go back tomorrow. The great thing is my kids at school are awesome this year though so I'll probably have a great day. We're also reading the play Anne Frank which the kids also get into every year which makes it easy to teach.

Bryn is still having nightmares. She crawls into my bed most nights. Every night I give her two things to dream about which at least calms her fears about going to bed. I've said unicorns, care bears, rainbows, princesses, snow men, Rudolph, dolphins, castles, and friends. Any other ideas?

12 comments:

bshenry said...

I guess she's a little young to dream about shoes...lol Kittens, puppies...guinea pigs? :)

Dennise said...

When my little boy has trouble sleeping, I usually ask him to tell me what he thinks is funny. Or I bring up something I know he thinks is funny. The other night I asked him where Pooh got stuck and he said, "in Rabbit's door," and laughed. I find it helps for him to remember the story - it sticks with him longer and the bad dreams stay away.

Anonymous said...

Hugo likes it when I sing the song "My Favorite Things" from "Sound of Music"- maybe check out the lyrics for some more inspiration!

xoxo for all of you,

Anita

Nita Cobb said...

When my daughter was Bryn's age, she had nightmares. Finally, at the end of her prayer each night, she would ask God, "And please don't let me have bad dreams." The nightmares were soon a thing of the past. (Of course, she also prayed at the mealtime blessing that she wouldn't throw up. I always hoped that wasn't a reflection on my cooking.)

Anonymous said...

Maybe instead of ignoring the "elephant" in the room, she could recall a great vacation she had with her mom or another memory of mom. Another idea is to talk about the best thing that happened that particular day. Hope that helps.

Anonymous said...

Someone told me once to help the kiddos take control of the nightmare. For example, if a monster is chasing you, say something like, "You silly monster, did you know your breath stinks?" Or, "You better watch it or I am going to have to tickle you until you say 'Bryn is a sweetie pie." Or better yet, have Al-around-the-corner write her another sweet bedtime story!

Love you guys,
Aunt Sandy

Al Rearick said...

Lots of good suggestions here, especially the two previous to this post.

I'm pretty sure that the WARM Place will help Bryn deal with her nightmares, as well as helping you to help Bryn.

You're doing a great job, Jacob. What you cannot say the Holy Spirit will communicate for you.

In Him and around the corner (and wondering if Ms. McNutt recognized herself in Bryn's bedtime story),

Al

Anonymous said...

I have a friend that volunteers at the Warm Place and she has told me in the past how much this place helps young children and families. Al is right.....it will help!

Anonymous said...

My son has had a hard time going to sleep recently. I've used your idea of giving him something to think about. Last night was particularly difficult, partly being anxious about school starting. Our ideas last night (first time) were: favorite Christmas gift and (second time) to make his favorite dessert in his head - one with chocolate and one without. He, also, loves to have a Christian CD playing or KLTY on the radio when he goes to sleep.

Anonymous said...

I would ask my Katie to pretend she was on a magic flying carpet and could go anywhere she wanted. She would tell me where she picked and then "imagine" it - worked every time! She would go back to Disney or to a beach or somewhere fun.

Anonymous said...

I remember my youngest son having nightmares more than my older 2 had. I prayed with him most every night & asked the Lord to flood his mind with the peace of God, to minister to his young spirit even while he sleeps, to send angels to watch over him & I in the Name of Jesus, I plead the blood of Jesus over his mind & body. The interesting thing is, the handful of nights I wasn't home before he went to bed or the nights he fell asleep earlier, like on the couch...he'd have nightmares. I know those prayer worked!

Anonymous said...

my son Kyle is 7 and every night he has his dad suck the bad dreams out of his ear. This was actually my idea a while back when he was having bad dreams and I used to make a big production of sucking them out and then running and blowing them down the stairs. However now I'm told that daddy does it better and it is just a quick suck not a long one like I do that works best. So even when dads not home for bedtime I can fill in but only with the promise that dad will come do it when he gets home too.

Ann Zadeh. (a mom from trinity valley school how thinks your aunt sandy is AWESOME!)