How does bedtime go at your place each night? Is it all snuggles and smiles as your little angel quietly drifts off to sleep? Or does the fear start to kick in when the sun goes down, the house goes quiet, and the floorboards start to creak? Today we welcome Australian Child Psychiatrist, Dr Kaylene Henderson, who has just released a new website called Little Children Big Dreams to help young children who are afraid of the dark or scared of monsters.
Dr Henderson is a mother of three who developed her first therapeutic bedtime story to help her daughter work through a fear of monsters that had lead to bad dreams, frequent night waking and distressing bedtime battles.
Dr Henderson explains, “The story is based on successful therapeutic principles but what made it really meaningful for my daughter was that it was about her and her monster, rather than featuring an unknown child with a generic monster character. I think that’s why it was so effective so quickly. Within a week of reading it together, my daughter was sleeping through the night”.
Little Children Big Dreams provides parents with personalised stories to help children aged between 2-10. The stories can be downloaded and printed instantly from the website along with guide for parents on how to use the stories to help their children overcome their fears. Children are encouraged to add their own illustrations to their stories for added benefit and quicker results, and are also provided with a certificate to proudly display in their room.
Do you have a little one who is afraid of the dark of scared of monsters? We have five personalised stories to giveaway this week courtesy of Little Children Big Dreams! To enter, visit Little Children Big Dreams, peruse the story collection, and then submit your answer through the Rafflecopter widget below. You can also score extra entries into the prize draw by joining us on Facebook or tweeting about the giveaway. Ends on 26 July, 2012.