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Monsters Don’t have to be Scary

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Are your young ones worrying about monsters under the bed , in the closet by the front door or in the dark corners of the basement? If so, combat their fears by introducing them to some friendly, fun loving monsters and make those fears disappear. Stories are a wonderful way to deal with many different issues children face each day. Here are a few stories that I love and recommend for chasing those monster fears away.

Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, is an old favorite about a little boy sent to his room because of his behavior. He drifts off to a land of make believe monsters where there are no rules and no parents. He has a rollicking time with the monsters but eventually he returns to his family realizing he would rather have his loving family than all the monster fun in the world. This story provides a great starting point for talking about consequences and why parents sometimes have to make children do things they don’t want to do. This book is a little longer than some of these selections and is probably most suitable for 4-6 year olds.

Another one that I found very amusing was Harry and the Terrible Whatzit by Dick Gackenbach. Harry is afraid of the basement in his house because of the terrible whatzit the lives down there. His worst fears are realized one day when his mother disappears into the basement to do the laundry and doesn’t return. He must brave his fears and demand the terrible whatzit return his mother. As he stands up to the whatzit it starts to shrink and soon it is no longer terrible or scary. Harry then finds his mother hanging laundry in the back yard. This story is a great lesson on facing our fears and cutting them down to size. It is a fun read.

Mercer Mayer is a favorite children’s author and he has several books on the monster theme, There is an Alligator Under My Bed, Something in my Attic, and There’s a Nightmare in My Closet. The children in these stories all have trouble with going to bed at night because of the creatures in their homes. Each one solves their problem in slightly different ways but all are fun and heartwarming. These will help any child with bedtime fears. Mercer Mayer is a wonderful author with a great sense of humor and a deep understanding of children . I would recommend just about any book by him.

Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley is a great read for all ages. Each page adds another part of the monster until it is complete, but it shouldn’t be scary because the reader can make it go away just the way it came, one page at a time. Once you have fun with the book you can have all kinds of fun making your own monsters. Just use a paper plate, colorful paper scraps and anything you find that will add color and fun to your monster face .

There are many more monster stories out there with a variety of lessons hidden inside their scary pictures and funny words. These are just a few of my favorites, there are so many more to choose from.

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