After about two hours of sleep last night, I was woken up because of a nightmare. It was a horrible dream, and since my eldest daughter was still awake I thought I would tell her, hoping it would make me feel better. We chatted and dissected the nightmare, determining I only had all these thoughts and images because of a movie we had seen earlier in the evening. Then she said “mom, why didn’t you say “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” when you woke up?”. Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo? I asked her what on earth was she talking about? She responded, “don’t you remember?”. “Remember what?”. Then she told me the story of when she was a little girl and had a bad dream, I would tell her to say “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” and all the bad thoughts would fly away. I asked her if it worked. Well, she said, “I would keep saying it over and over again until I fell asleep”. I laughed, ah, just like counting sheep then. “Yes mom, just like counting sheep”.
After we both had a good giggle, and I was just about to go back to bed, the eldest daughter added “you know mom, I still say “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” after a bad dream”. I smiled at her and off to bed I went reciting “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo”.
How do you deal with your child’s nightmare’s and does it work?