Author Brings to Light the Importance of Understanding Children's Bad Dreams!
Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream! by Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D. (www.mommydaddyihadabaddream.com) makes it possible for both children and parents to respond constructively and effectively to children's bad dreams. The story demonstrates that "Dreams are stories we tell ourselves for a reason."
The uniqueness of Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream! is that in an appealing, engaging manner it demonstrates to parents and children that bad dreams can be understood as stories children tell themselves in response to important life events. This knowledge frees children from the anxiety produced by the bad dream and also puts them in touch with the feelings the dream was meant to disguise. The book also helps parents by modeling loving, constructive, informed responses to the experience of being awakened in the middle of the night by upset children.
Joey, a bouncy kangaroo, has a series of bad dreams that his parents lovingly help him to understand. By the last dream, he is able to figure out the reason for it and to put himself back to sleep feeling comforted and in charge.
Interestingly, even though parents confront the problem of bad dreams on a regular basis, few children's books specifically address this universal childhood discomfort. The books that do exist typically make light of bad dreams as not real, present the scary figures in the dreams as not truly frightening, or suggest that the child can change the dream while dreaming. None of these "solutions" are helpful.
Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D. is the co-author with her husband of the bestselling parenting book: Smart Love. Her work is the inspiration for Smart Love Family Services (www.smartlovefamily.org.)
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