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5yo having extremely weird dream

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Figglesticks Wed 19-Apr-17 15:11:40

Aibu to be worried about the dream my DS had last night?
He told me this morning there were plant pots with heads in (just a head) and then his DGM (my mum) came along and pulled the heads out and the dream ended. There was a little more to it that he told me this morning but I have forgotten like the truly great mother I am.
Should I be worried? I don't know what has caused this and to hear my five year old talking about severed heads at 7am has made me question my parenting even though I have no idea where he got the idea from.

Tomorrowillbeachicken Wed 19-Apr-17 15:13:29

Pretty standard for my five year old DS

Littlepeople12345 Wed 19-Apr-17 15:13:41

Has he seen Harry Potter recently? I'm not sure why you would worry about a dream. My dreams are always odd.

5moreminutes Wed 19-Apr-17 15:15:12

Is his grandmother into gardening?

Sounds like a straight forward misunderstanding of hearing a gardener talk about dead heading flowers...

Tomorrowillbeachicken Wed 19-Apr-17 15:16:14

ah, I forgot about the mandrakes

user1488721675 Wed 19-Apr-17 15:16:47

As a one off dream it wouldn't concern me. Did he describe the heads in the way you are imagine it? It could have been cartoony type heads or flower heads with faces on? I'm sure I've watched nursery rhyme type you tube clips with singing flower heads in plant pots.

StillaChocoholic Wed 19-Apr-17 15:18:38

Made me think of Harry Potter smile

squishysquirmy Wed 19-Apr-17 15:18:51

A bodyless head in a dream is not necessarily as gory as a real life severed head would be. Was he upset by it?

Figglesticks Wed 19-Apr-17 15:23:04

We've been reading the first HP book to him but haven't got very far into it.
I think it was just the idea that he was clearly scared and severed heads is quite a graphic thing to come up with for a 5 year old.
I don't know what's normal with this though it's been a long time since I was that little.

Figglesticks Wed 19-Apr-17 15:25:15

He was definitely scared by it and I think at some point my mum did something that frightened him too whereas normally she is his favourite person.
I do agree with the YouTube nursery rhymes he watches those. Dead heading flowers might be an idea too, both his GP love gardening and he was doing some planting over Easter with his nan.

Tomorrowillbeachicken Wed 19-Apr-17 15:26:29

I wouldn't worry about a one off scary dream.

LittleLionMansMummy Wed 19-Apr-17 15:28:52

6yo ds got into bed with us at 3am because he'd had a bad dream. When we asked him what it was about when we woke up for the day, he replied that dh, dd and I all drowned in quick dry cement. Again, no idea where that came from, or even how he knows what quick drying cement is (neither of us has links to the building industry!) They have very active imaginations. Fwiw I doubt that severed heads is particularly graphic in a 5yo's mind. It's probably akin to pulling off a lego person's or dolls head.

5moreminutes Wed 19-Apr-17 15:32:53

If your son has a vivid graphic imagination then leave Harry Potter. I have no idea why people read it to 5 year olds or encourage 6-7 year olds to read it alone after lights out. Kids with any kind of imagination at all will find it scary - I can't fathom why people find it a badge of honour to have kids too dull witted to be scared shitless by the ending - any small child not terrified by the image of Voldamort's paracitic face grafted onto the back of Quirrell's hasn't the comprehension skills to actually understand what they are reading, or hasn't enough imagination to visualise it...

Farandole Wed 19-Apr-17 15:33:27

My 5yo dreamt he was eating too many sweets, got an upset tummy, vomited rainbows and exploded and died. 😧

All bets are off when dreams are concerned. I would brush it off and not show him you are worried or concerned.

Xmasbaby11 Wed 19-Apr-17 15:36:16

I wouldn't read him Harry Potter - he's far too young! At least, I have a 5 yo and she'd be terrified.

littleoldladywho Wed 19-Apr-17 15:36:35

My 4yo dreamt she was being chased by a man with no skin.

Yeah, thanks Usborne lift the flaps body book.

littleoldladywho Wed 19-Apr-17 15:42:23

It does make me laugh though. When I was a brownie leader we ran a Magic camp, and had some HP activities because they wanted to. So our gardening (repotting plants into pots they had painted themselves for Mother's Day) activity was herbology with whatserface. McGonagal? We pretended they were mandrakes and so for the duration of the time the plants were out of the soil, I made the kids scream at the top of their lungs. grin We were miles from anywhere, and the kids loved it. No one had nightmares, I promise. They then spent the afternoon making broomsticks and snitches and running around the field playing 'quidditch'
Just a dream. Normal to be upset about it. Reassure, just a dream. Move on.

MerlinsScarf Wed 19-Apr-17 15:43:13

Does he watch Cbeebies? There have been some head-like talking puppet plants (terrible description, sorry!) on one of their trailers and in their Easter performance.

Starduke Wed 19-Apr-17 15:44:30

Slight tangent - how is he enjoying HP ? I've been wondering what age to start reading it to my 5 year old

Tomorrowillbeachicken Wed 19-Apr-17 15:44:47

littleoldlady Sprout, I think

Farandole Wed 19-Apr-17 15:45:39

littleoldlady 🙂

This reminded me of the late AA Gill's description of the Usborne "That's not my reindeer/puppy/shark/vanity sink/combined harvester" books. He said they were 'Braille for the illiterate'.

RegTheMonkey1 Wed 19-Apr-17 15:47:00

When I was 5 I used to have a recurring dream about a man in a long black coat, hat and mask, who used to chase my mother around a fountain in a town square. I'd tell her the next morning and she'd be really amused, asking me tons of questions about it and laughing.

Bringmesunshite Wed 19-Apr-17 15:51:51

Sounds like an attempt to process the word/concept "deadheading".

Figglesticks Wed 19-Apr-17 17:30:37

Littleoldladywho that really did make me laugh grin
I've spoken to DM who doesn't think she told him anything about deadheading so I think he's just come up with it. He may have watched CBeebies with her.
His imagination is going haywire at the moment, we had a pet die yesterday and his reaction was to ask about what that meant and if we were all going to heaven too. He was most worried about Nanny and grandad because according to him they are really old like our pet was. It wasn't the best conversation to have when I was trying not to bawl my eyes out over a 20 something year old cat.
I have a feeling that may have set something off.
I told him the dream wasn't real and tonight he will call his nanny to prove she is still okay as usual.
Poor kid has had a rough week I think!
Thank you everyone. I'm glad it's nothing I need to worry about.

Figglesticks Wed 19-Apr-17 17:32:46

He really enjoys Harry Potter but to be fair it's taking forever to get through and I'm not sure he fully understands it. He just hears the words magic and owls and thinks that's brilliant lol I wouldn't go further than the first book at this age. He's still learning to read but the book we have is the one with pictures. Thinking about Voldemorts parasitic face though I'm wondering if I should stop confused

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