“We send children mixed signals by telling them that monsters aren’t real while we tell them stories about the tooth fairy,” he explains. Simply telling a child that their fear isn’t realistic doesn’t solve the problem, he says. Prof. Sadeh recommends using the child’s strong imagination as a treatment. For instance, parents might help their children view an imaginary monster as a non-threatening entity, perhaps by writing it a letter to extend an offer of friendship or reading the child a book in which a threatening figure turns out to be friendly. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem about the monsters under the bed.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your childhood fears and how your parents helped you deal with them.

Art Prompt: Monsters under the Bed

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about helping children get past their night time fears.

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2 Responses to Prompt #787 Monsters Under the Bed

  1. Maureen says:

    I told my children that the monsters were the ones cleaning up all the dust up under there and to leave them to their business. 😉
    Hope you’re having a wonderful day. xoxo

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