I’m sure every parent is familiar with the phrase “I had a bad dream”.
We first encountered this problem about a year ago, when our little one was coming up to 4 years old. Every so often, the patter of his little feet at 2am would announce his presence in our bedroom, where he would explain that he couldn’t sleep because of the bad dreams.
My solution was simple: give him good dreams instead.
And it worked. All I had to do was tuck him back into his bed and reel off a short list of some of his favourite things to give him something to think about that would banish those bad dreams. It was easy for the first couple of times – it took me no time at all to come up with Buzz Lightyear, a rollercoaster, ice cream, and a christmas tree. But at 2am my brainpower is somewhat limited, and after a few nights of this I was running out of ideas.
So the “Dream Box” was born.
I typed up a list of as many of his favourite things as I could think of – TV characters, real people, food, places, and things. I laminated the list and cut it up into individual words, which I put into a box that had once contained some kind of conference freebie and was waiting in my drawer for its opportunity to be reused. Then I just decorated it with a few stickers.
It was a bit rough and ready, but it did the job. And continues to do so. Every night at bedtime we choose five dreams. Sometimes we make up a little story with them. This was last night’s selection:
So now I have decided to share the dreams, by making Dream Boxes to sell in my Folksy Shop. They are rather more attractive than the original, and I can personalise them to include the recipient’s favourite things.
Here’s the new improved Dream Box:
It’s available to order from www.folksy.com/shops/jumbleshell
Just don’t tell my son, or he’ll be wanting a new shiny one too!