My boys are the biggest chickens on earth. Honestly. They are terrified of everything. If their closet door is open, or if one of them is in the room alone, they freak out!
It’s gotten worse the past few weeks. They now get up 10 – 12 times a night (each!), come into my room (or the living room if I’m still up with Parker) and they tell me that they had a nightmare. You would think after 10 times of hearing, “You’re fine, go back to bed,” they would *get* that I’m trying to sleep. But, nope. It continues every single night.
A few nights ago, we had a very lengthy discussion as to why they were scared. They couldn’t give me anything in particular that they were afraid of, but they continued to tell me that it was because of the Veggie Tales song, “God is Bigger than the Boogie Man.” Ok, now, that song is supposed to prevent kids from getting scared. Not my boys. Apparently, this song is the reason for all their nightmares. When I told them that there’s no such thing as the Boogie Man, Jace told me that he’s not afraid of the Boogie Man, because he brings you cheeseburgers. (LOL! Where did that come from?) So when I asked them what it was that they were afraid of, they couldn’t tell me.
How do I handle this? Anyone have any advice or tips? Am I destined to be a mom to two little wusses? I don’t want my kids being the ones picked on because they are terrified of everything, so what do I do to nip this in the bud now? Can I nip this before it gets any worse? Can it get any worse?
I’ve heard of the monster spray, but since they’re not afraid of monsters and know that there’s no such thing as monsters, they thought it was stupid that I was spraying stuff in their room. SIGH. I really can’t win with these two.