Dreams are really interesting aren’t they? Like a film they present themselves in an array of genres, sometimes surreal, adventurous, exciting or downright horrifying! This isn’t really a problem when you’re at an age where you can understand what it is, and how to get back to sleep after being savagely attacked by monsters made of chocolate with fairy floss hair and stealing your stash of Tic Tacs.
How do you explain this to a child though? It seems so real and yet everyone keeps telling you not to worry and to go back to sleep, it’s only a dream! But what is a dream? And why are big people not taking it seriously?! That monster is going to pay for taking my Tic Tacs!
Dreams have hidden meanings, for example; my daughter had a dream about being a rabbit (actually we were all rabbits!) She was upset that she had such a ‘weird’ dream, but in actual fact all dreams are a bit weird, that’s half the fun! To dream about a rabbit signifies luck, magical power and success, sounds good to me! Not so weird after all!
Did you know that if you dream about water rising up in your house it means you are becoming overwhelmed by your emotions, handy to know if your child has these types of dreams.
My ideas about dreams have changed over the years, and I now think of them as tiny keys that open those teeny tiny diaries, you just have to persevere with the fiddly key until you can line it up perfectly into the tiny lock and once unlocked, all will be revealed!
I love hearing about my daughter’s dreams, it gives me great insight into what happened during her day and how she really feels about things. So next time your child tells you about their dream/nightmare really listen and try and decipher it, you’ll be amazed at how interesting it really is. Whether the dream is big or small it is always magical that’s for sure!
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