My three-year-old son’s fear of monsters was getting worse. He can’t really talk yet, but I kept hearing him say something like, “aargh daddy shhhh, monster is coming.”
When it was nighttime, it was getting harder and harder to get him to bed because he thought there would be monsters waiting for him. One day I decided to set out on an adventure with him. We armed ourselves like two warriors, complete with flashlights and a bowl of potato chips and we went looking for the biggest monster of them all. What my son didn’t know is that monsters, just like little kids, love Nibbit chips.
We hid under the table, behind the sofa, and we even hid in the bathroom with the light turned off. Eventually we found the biggest, baddest monster that you can imagine. Brave as we are, we headed straight for him. My son held his hands in front of his eyes, but he was doing great. The monster was so surprised that we walked up to him and I made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. We said he could help us eat all the chips, but that he had to leave Sem alone. He also had to tell all the other monsters that Sem was his friend. And it worked! Sem, the mega monster, and I ate all the chips and then it was time for bed. Sem was so happy to have made friends with the monster that he brought him to bed too! It wasn’t easy to get the monster into bed because he was pretty fat. It was funny and we all laughed very hard.
Several weeks have gone by and the two of them are still good buddies. Sam comforts the monster by giving him his favorite teddy bear. I know it’s only a temporary solution, but right now it’s working. Sam feels safe going to bed and everybody is happy.