...and is asking me to get rid of them. It doesn't happen all the time and can occur at the most unlikely moments - e.g. in the showers at the swimming pool - but it's clearly causing her concern and my attempts at reassurance don't seem to be helping much. BTW, there's no history of waking with nightmares though she says that they come in her dreams. I feel so helpless but want to be able to do something to make her feel better.
I have tried but she seems unable, for whatever reason, to tell me anything other than that they are monsters and make her thoughts nasty. Generally she's pretty articulate for her age so I've found such responses unusually vague. Today (at the pool) she said that they were monster robots but that really is as much as I've managed to glean so far.
not meaning to worry you or cause to much concern but this sounds very similar to schizophrenia, my mum has it and has done since she was a teen. it could just be her being to small for her mind, if that makes sense. A Dr would know
theres a lot of stigma with the name and a lot of misconceptions, you wouldn't even know my mum has it and theres loads to help it these days.
Have you tried agreeing with her and telling them off by shouting through her ear, or similar? What about a routine to scare them off? Could you both chase them away or shut them in your handbag? Put them in your pocket and flush them down the toilet?
For a couple of weeks DS kept insisting there was a bat in his room. I finally got him to show it to me - it was just the way the streetlight came through the curtains if I hadn't pulled his blind all the way down!
Have she started having them after any event or stress? It reminds me a bit of an episode of House of Tiny Tearaways where a little boy had a naughty fox that came into his head and scared and upset him. It was linked to his father leaving, but Dr TB got him to draw the fox and write a letter telling him to go away, then they put it in a box and buried it in the garden. She also gave him a cuddly nice looking fox which would protect him and keep the bad fox away. She made a big deal out of him going outside to find the new fox who would look after him, and she had hidden it in the garden for him to find.
Hope you find some way to help her, it must be very upsetting for you.
I used to have awful nightmares starring wolves when I was three/four - my mum told me to make the wolves friendly and I distinctly remember decorating their fur with flowers. They drifted away out of my dreams soon after and have never come back. Could your DD make the monsters friendly?
we went the making friends route when dd was having monster dreams. we got her to draw pictures and tell us what she could about them. we worked out what they might like to eat and left food out for them at night (cauliflower iirc ) and made a card asking them to be her friends. in return they left her a copy of monsters inc and it really helped her to make peace with them. she still remembers even though it was maybe a year and a half ago (was 2 then), i think it was an empowering experience for her.