Do you Dream in Color?
Dreams are the way your brain sorts out all the millions of inputs it receives on any given day. Although the reason we dream is not fully understood, we know that we all dream. Your children may dream in response to fears, anticipation, interest, or other emotions. Discussing the content of their dreams will help them sort out their emotions even more. Here are a few questions to get the conversation started.
What was your most recent dream?
If they cannot remember a dream or do not want to share, encourage them that everyone dreams even if you cannot remember it. Ask them to describe something they imagine or work out in their mind during the day if they cannot recollect a night dream.
Why do you think we dream?
Depending on their ages, this can be a very entertaining discussion. Even the most educated scientists cannot explain it, but you may be surprised by the cohesion and logical explanation your toddler has to offer.
What is the silliest dream you have ever had?
Remember humorous or nonsensical dreams can be delightful. Laughing as a family around the dinner table can build relationships and mend any disagreements siblings may have had during the day. Encourage your children to respect one another by not poking fun but pure, good-hearted laughter is a great way to finish the day.
One thing we do know about dreams; they help us solve problems. Nightmares are just dreams about negative situations that have caused an extensive amount of fear or anxiety. If nightmares are mentioned during your conversation, encourage your children that they are really just a way their brain process certain impulses. Researchers are begin to admit that dreams can be somewhat controlled and you can explain to your children that they can help determine their dreams by thinking positive thoughts as they go to bed. As you talk about dreams you may discover a pattern to your children’s dreams that should be encouraged or that may be a reason for concern. Knowing about your children’s dreams gives you more direction on how to positively encourage them. ©C2GenFamily