So how do you deal with witches sneaking into dd's bedroom at night?

(28 Posts)
Xihha Fri 26-Jul-13 01:20:03

As I've mentioned in a previous thread, dd (4) is a little unsettled at the moment due to lots of changes in her life.

Dd is convinced that there are witches sneaking into her bedroom at night and making things fly round her room, she's cried about it a couple of times a night the last 4 nights running, I've tried checking her cupboards, under the bed etc to show her there's nothing there, she says they sneak back in again once i leave the room, tried shutting the window but a) its too hot and b) she says they can open it and I've tried reading her stories about nice witches but she says that the ones in her room are definitely nasty witches.

Obviously I don't actually believe there are witches sneaking into her room but she is absolutely convinced, any ideas how to reassure her?

Xihha Sat 27-Jul-13 12:49:12

Thanks everyone, we went with lavender under her pillow and a toy dog sitting guard by the window last night and have had no mentions of bad dreams at all this morning.

BanjoPlayingTiger Fri 26-Jul-13 15:10:33

When dd was convinced that things from her imagination were coming into her room I got her to imagine something she really wanted - in her case it was a fluffy white kitten. We chatted about it for a while, and then I asked her if it would come into her room at night. She giggled and said no, so I asked her why she was so sure and she told me that the kitten was pretend.
So i asked her why she thought the bad things would come in to her room but the good things wouldn't.
It was as though a light came on in her head and she realised that it was pretend and couldn't hurt her.

Andro Fri 26-Jul-13 15:01:42

Lavender pomanders over the door and windows - I drew the line at garlic bulbs to keep vampires out though (used silver crosses instead, I was NOT having garlic upstairs).

VerySmallSqueak Fri 26-Jul-13 14:16:42

Oh and when mine felt brave enough for me to stay in my own bed,I set up a baby monitor so they knew that if they woke up scared they didn't need to be able to get out of bed,if that was too scary - they just needed to speak and say 'Mum,I'm scared' or something and they knew I would hear them and come.

Coconutty Fri 26-Jul-13 14:14:38

I used to use a few conkers, put them around the room do that nothing bad could come in. Worked wonders for my DCs.

elQuintoConyo Fri 26-Jul-13 14:14:12

My friend's DS had a fear of 'the witch in my room', too. She got him to draw a picture of the witch, then together they screwed it up and put it in the kitchen bin - no more nasty witchy!

VerySmallSqueak Fri 26-Jul-13 14:12:02

I slept on the floor if mine came in scared,until the stage passed.I found with both the stage did pass quite quickly.

I know that's not for everyone but it worked for me.

I suppose it's because I remember lying in bed scared rigid as a child,terrified of the monsters but also too afraid to disturb my parents again.
I still remember the feeling of just wishing someone was there with me,because I knew that would make it all ok.

zeldapinwheel Fri 26-Jul-13 14:04:44

When I was small I was scared of a huge antique wooden wardrobe my parents had in there room. I was convinced an evil witch lived in it . Nothing my parents said or did could convince me otherwise.

Eventually I pretty much outgrew my fear, then my parents got new bedroom furniture and the scary wardrobe disappeared.

I never knew what happened to it till last year when I went with my dad to visit a distant relative and it was in the bedroom I was staying in! Freaked me out slightly and I barely slept.

Madlizzy Fri 26-Jul-13 13:48:29

I had monster and ghost repellent spray. Worked a treat. grin

HPsauceonbaconbuttiesmmm Fri 26-Jul-13 13:42:35

Yes don't try to convince her they aren't real, it just won't work. DS got very upset when I tried but as soon as I said mummy doesn't let monsters in the house, he was quite happy. Mummy's rules are enough apparently!

GibberTheMonkey Fri 26-Jul-13 13:39:45

I've used magic before but my easiest option was to leave the dog in their room for the night. The special tag on her collar shows she is trained at chasing away said bad thing

scripsi Fri 26-Jul-13 13:32:44

I agree about repellent sprays/talismans. Something else that I did with DS1 was to get a very intimidating friend of mine to come along and say a short poem warding off the nasties in his room forever. DC1 watched her and that was it, no more nasties bothering him.

Ishtar2410 Fri 26-Jul-13 06:32:11

Was going to suggest similar - DD had a dream catcher. Incredibly versatile thing as it stopped monsters, bad dreams and the occasional 'baddie' wink

We fortunately haven't had to deal with the darker side so much, but all my dc have very vivid imaginations with belief in fairies, imaginary friends etc. Their beliefs are v real and strong. Even when I tell ds that I'm sure his friend wouldn't say/ do that he will get more upset as he then thinks I think he is lying. He will be more earnest and urgent in his assertions.

I would say to try the above ideas, but maybe escalate them as necessary, so one idea a night until you find the tipping point, which may change as the 'witches' become immune.

Yes definitely go with the witch repellent.
Maybe pennies on the window ledge to keep them away.
Or painted stonesfrom the garden. As it is well known that they are part of fairy magic.

'Protection' devices work much better than rationalism for kids when the problem is an ^irrational' one. They work just as well on dim-witted adults, really (Power of PrayerFFS). So get your DD a 'witch-repellant' spray or a special protective teddy or recite a No Bad Things poem every night.

By the way, have you checked that there isn't a toy or an object or something fluttering in the window draught/casting a shadow that actual looks or sounds scary? A daddy long legs in the room, a street light flickering or branch outside flapping? A mouse in the wall? Sometimes fears are based on real things and imagination makes it terrifying. Ad the light summer nights means more noise and light outside.

Xihha Fri 26-Jul-13 02:50:39

How would you convince a child they're not real though? I mean actually convince them enough for them to know that in the middle of the night?

My older ds is a very smart, lovely child but has absolutely no imagination at all so I've never had to deal with this sort of thing before where as dd has a very vivid imagination and can describe these witches in great detail.

Just because a child knows monsters aren't real in the light of day, doesn't mean they won't convince themselves there's a witch at the window when they're alone at night. 'Knowing' there was no wolf behind the door made no difference to me, and I'm sure that's true of many children.

Waffling Fri 26-Jul-13 02:25:49

Same here. Why encourage it?

giraffesCantWearSuncream Fri 26-Jul-13 02:14:08

I would do what mil said. Make perfectly clear not real

Xihha Fri 26-Jul-13 02:12:06

See this is why I should always ask MN before i ask the MIL, she told me that playing along would make it worse as id be telling her witches were real!

Thanks for all the advice, I have all the bits and pieces to do most of those and Im sure ds(9) wouldn't mind lending her his toy dragon that he never plays with anymore til i can get her one.

EvilTwins, Margaret Thatcher was an actual witch wasn't she? grin

When DS1 had problems with witches and monsters a good fairy sent him some fairy dust (glitter in a pretty little jar) which he sprinkled around. He also had some fairy cream at one point which was if I remember correctly body glitter.

DS2 had a magic dragon too which scared anything and everything away.

EvilTwins Fri 26-Jul-13 01:53:19

My parents used to say "the words" when I was scared of the very same thing at that age. I blame The Witch In The Cherry Tree, which was a favourite story of my DSis at the time. The fact that we had a cherry tree in the front garden didn't help.

The words (I still remember them) were:
Hocus pocus what not not
Witches must not not not
Come into ET's room when ET is there. (Obv they used my actual name)

It worked - no witches ever came in.

As an aside, my dad tended to substitute "witches" with "Margaret Thatcher", so I grew up thinking she was an actual broomstick-wielding pointy-hat-wearing witch. <<outs herself totally>>

WafflyVersatile Fri 26-Jul-13 01:50:34

Ask her if she has any ideas what might get rid of the witches.

A magic force field?

You could play a game in the daytime where you battle the witches and kill them and let her take one if your weapons to bed.

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