A Monster Under the Bed or On It?
|October 4, 2012||Posted by Hajra under Children|
As a kid I was terrified of monsters – under my bed, in my room. I always thought they would come eat me up and swallow me whole! I remember knocking on my parents’ door at midnight and snuggling close to them because the “monsters in my room won’t go”.
When I grew up, I shared room with my sister so she helped me ignore those “who really aren’t there”.
So, when Holly told me about her book on monsters under the bed, I thought to myself “this is going to bring back some bad memories”. But surprisingly, it made me laugh.
HERE’S WHY THE SHRINK IN ME LOVES THE BOOK
The one thing Holly mentioned to me before she sent it to me was this – review it from your perspective as a psychologist first and foremost. Really, the day I took up psychology, the shrink cap is always on! So, here is a little about the book – via my psychologist goggles still on!
Have you ever wondered how the monster under the bed feels about us, the monsters over the bed?
It is a hilarious take on thinking from the other person’s perspective – I say other person because the little monsters under your bed can be cute and, if treated the way we’d like to be treated, they just might be nice and not be the “eat you up and swallow you” type!
I have always talked about importance of “being and feeling in the other person’s shoes”. This book touches upon the fact that you can understand others only if you know how they see it, how they feel about it and how it matters to them.
It teaches you sympathy – something that the world needs a lot of!
The book shows intelligent ways of helping your child sleep at night–something many parents might appreciate.
Sometimes the light in the room should be left on. Your child needs that.
Though I feel some kids still might have trouble picking up the book about imaginary monsters. Parents need to read the book first and see what the message behind it is – it isn’t about scaring your child.
IS THERE A TROCKLE UNDER YOUR BED?
And I probably have outgrown the whole “little monsters under your bed” scare. But little Trockle makes it likable (or maybe less scary!) to have some imaginary cute creature like that hiding nearby. And if it lets you be in peace and is probably much more terrified of you, then the monster can be “less scary”!
Have you ever been scared of monsters under your bed?
As a kid, did you have trouble sleeping? Or do your kids?
Would you read a book about monsters to your child?
A little about Holly : Holly has been blogging even before they invented the word blog (true story!) and she is a professional writer for over twenty years. To buy her book directly from the publisher go here or to buy it from Barnes and Noble here. And for people living in Houston, there is something interesting for kids too – there is going to be a book reading, signing and painting event for your kids. Check out the details here.