No More Monsters Under The Bed (Giveaway)

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It’s hard to explain to kids that the things they imagine aren’t really there…especially monsters.

The past few months, my daughter has been giving us trouble with monsters. They are apparently in the kitchen, in the toy room, and on the way to the bathroom. She used to never have any issues with the dark, but things have changed. Now, there are screams of “Monsters! Monsters!” any time she tries to walk through a semi-dark part of the house.

How do you explain to a kid that there aren’t monsters? I wasn’t really sure, but then I was asked to share Sharon Cramer’s “Marlow and the Monster” with my daughter to see if reading a book would help.

When we read Marlow and the Monster, Ari stared away at the monster and laughed when the monster asked if he turn Marlow’s mom into a zombie. She wasn’t frightened, and loved his colorful wings. I asked her if she liked the story, and she said she really did–monsters weren’t as scary as she thought! Even though the story had a cute ending, this wasn’t exactly the reaction I expected, but then I remembered this:

In Marlow and the Monster, Cramer takes the intimidation factor away from monsters and helps children and their parents form a more lighthearted view of these creatures.

 “We don’t want to underestimate the reality our children’s beliefs and fears,” says Cramer, “but we do want to help them understand the role their imagination plays in controlling the things they are afraid of. For instance, maybe their monster is silly and goofy instead of mean and scary.”

So, fears are real to kids, and we shouldn’t make it seem like they are wrong! I never thought of dealing with monsters this way, but that totally makes sense. And the colorful monster against a black and white background makes sense too–only the kids can see the monster! It’s our job as parents to show them imagination is ok, and they can have control of it, too. Reading this book showed Ari that monsters can have a funny side–a good turn of events.

Here are some more tips from Sharon about handling monsters:

  • Read stories and watch shows that debunk traditional monster fears.
  • Provide soft lighting in your child’s room.
  • Make a sign and put it on your child’s door that reads, “Only nice monsters allowed.”
  • If your child fears the “under the bed” creatures. Put the mattress right on the floor. We do this with Ari and it works great! 
  • When your child decides they no longer want a nightlight, give them a flashlight.
  • Favorite stuffed lovies are essential.
  • Eliminate violent books, movies and cartoons.
  • Try not to invite your child to your bed. Instead, stay with your child in their bedroom until they are adequately comforted and back to sleep.
  • If your child is afraid of shadows, use daylight to teach them about shadows, or set up a light and play shadow puppet games.

These tips are great, and will come in handy as will Marlow and the Monster. If you are interested in getting a copy of this book, it is available through TalkingBirdBooks.com for $14.95 or as an eBook through Amazon for 99 cents. Or, you can enter the giveaway below to win your own copy of Marlow and the Monster! (This giveaway is open to US and Canada and ends August 25.)

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Disclaimer: I was provided an eBook copy of Marlow and the Monster to review. All opinions, and my sorta-ok with monsters daughter are all my own.

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  1. I honestly don’t have any tips for dealing with monsters. My 5 year old son never had an issue with them. My 3 year old does get scared sometimes, but usually it’s in the middle of the night so he crawls into bed with us, or we just reassure him that there’s no monsters and we will keep him safe. This has worked for us, so far.

  2. I also had no problems until more recently, now little Cash (4) won’t venture into any dark area because of monsters and “Bad Guys”. We have bought him a flash light that has an easy to use clip on it that he gets when it starts to get dark and stores next to his bed.

  3. I’ve never dealt with monsters with my children, but if I think it will be an issue in the future, I will probably buy them a flashlight to keep on their nightstands.

  4. Karina Lee says:

    thanks for the giveaway

  5. Mike W Davis says:

    Great giveaway thank you–

  6. My toddler hasn’t expressed fear of the dark or monsters yet. When I was a kid, my older cousin convinced me that there was a red-eyed monster living in our toilet. One day my mother just flushed the monster down the toilet. Problem solved.
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  7. Katrina Shoultz says:

    we have had this problem with our 6 yr old since we moved him into his own room. His room has a couple of missing ceiling tiles so that is where he says the monsters are especially since he knows that our cats will get up in the ceiling so he is scared that the “monsters” will hurt them. we just moved his bed to the other side of the room, we had him pick a spot for it, and also had him pick the decor of his whole room, denver broncos of course lol. this seemed to help a lot, we also explained to him that god watches over him at night and keeps all of the bad things and monsters away.

  8. my 6yr old son is convinced that every monster he hears about or dreams up is real. Vampires, werewolves, zombies, etc. If you ask him they all live in our apt. LOL must get this book. We did the mattress on the floor too!

  9. Jennifer Boehme says:

    I like to read a good story or the Bible and teach them about not worrying or having fear. And a special stuffed animal usually helps them fall asleep, for now.

  10. We tell my son he is a superhero and monsters don’t come to superheros houses

  11. Ed Nemmers says:

    We sing to them!

  12. Jennifer Paige says:

    We would watch Monsters Inc together. Makes monsters under the bed funny and loveable.

  13. jean olaughlin says:

    I check the closet and under the bed,

  14. Wayne Lecoy says:

    Please Enter Me In Your No More Monsters Under The Bed Giveaway.
    It Would Be Great To Win A Copy Of Marlow and the Monster by Sharon Cramer.
    In Response To Your Requirement Of Tell us your tips for dealing with monsters in a blog comment.
    I Would Check Under The Bed,Look In The Closet And If I Found A Monster If He Wasn’t Friendly
    I Would Tell Him To Go Away Because Only Friendly Monsters Can Visit My House.
    Thanks For Having This Giveaway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. I’ve always thought the run-and-jump-on-the-bed method was the best for dealing with monsters under the bed. It’s always been highly effective and not a single monster has ever gotten me. :)

  16. Paula Tavernie says:

    He has a stuffed Lion that scares the monsters away!!!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

  17. Melissa VandenBerg says:

    Flashlights, bait, and traps……works everytime! :)

  18. shirley zolenski says:

    I vacuum them away for her

  19. Sarah Yurga says:

    A spray bottle of water works wonders as “monster Repellant”

  20. Julie Klein says:

    I really wish my parents would of had these suggestions. I grew up with night terrors and a huge fear of monsters, spiders, intruders, you name it, I was scared of it. Most kids grow out of night terrors but I never have. I am 33 years old and I still have night terrors. The more stress I am under and the more sleepless nights I have, the more night terrors I have. I have kept them at bay for a few months now. The first time my husband had witnessed it….I will never forget what he told me. He said he woke up to the most horrible blood curdling scream he has ever heard. He said there was no consoling me. He said I was climbing the headboard screaming people were in the house. He said he was scared to death and at first thought maybe someone was in the house but there wasn’t anyone, never has been. I can’t come out of it…..I just lay back down scared to death still believing someone is in the house and go back to sleep. It is horrible for me and horrible for him and everyone else who has ever had me sleeping in their house. I hope your review helps some people to maybe prevent them from living like I have to.

  21. My mom made a label for an aerosol room freshener that transformed it into “monster repellent.” It worked like a charm.

  22. Lucy Black says:

    Great book!

  23. Great tips. My girls tend to be scared of the dark. I think teaching about shadows during the day time is what I need to do!

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