My 2 year old daughter sees monsters in ceiling

Rhondi - posted on 06/10/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter just started saying there are mean monsters in ceiling in corner of room. Always in left corner of room. Just started happening within this past week. I find her covering her eyes and standing in fright sometimes crying sometimes just yelling for me to come get her cause of the monsters. She doesn't watch anything scary. Yesterday she was telling the monsters not to say those words! She was yelling that down hallway. What could be going on with her?

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Tiffanie - posted on 08/07/2013

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My 3 year old son did this exact same thing tonight. He said they were scary monsters. He even started singing the Daniel Tiger song "see what it is you might feel better" an declared that it was a monster, like it should make him feel better. Eventually, I had him tell them to go away because it's bedtime and he said they ran away to go to sleep because the sun was coming up.... I am honestly a little freaked and having been praying continuously since. This is not the first time he's indicated there was sonething in his room on the ceiling, but this is the first time he's been able to articulate what is wrong.: ( He's asleep in his bed now, but I'm at a loss.

Lori - posted on 06/15/2013

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My 2 year old has started telling me there's a bear in her room every morning. Typically when she first wakes up I take her into my room to snuggle for a while. When it's time to get up sometimes she's ready to get out of bed before I am. I'll tell her to go get a book from her room, or go pick out daytime clothes etc. She will leave my room, get to the door of her room then run back screaming (seriously I thought she was hurt the first time she screamed... top of her lungs scream) "aaaaaaaaah, there's a bear in my room". When I go in with her, I just say "shoo bear... get out of here" and make shooing motions. Then tell her there's no bear, let's get dressed. After about 2 weeks of that she has started going in by herself and saying "shoo bear... get out of here".

Now for us I know exactly where she got it from.... her big sister who was pretending once that there were bears in her room. Your 2 year old could have picked it up anywhere. Older kids talking about monsters, tv shows... even ones that aren't scary can mention things that a toddler may not understand and therefore it's scary.

At this age, it's hard for a toddler to separate what is real and what is pretend. You may not get very far trying to convince your toddler that there are no monsters. You'll probably have better luck coming up with a way to get rid of the monsters. You can do anything you're comfortable with and that your daughter will accept. Give her a magic wand that makes monsters disappear. Come up with a word that scares all monsters away. Give her a spray bottle with water in it and tell her to spray the monsters. Or whatever works.

Pretend play is HUGE for 3 year olds. Try to start using the word pretend now, on something obvious so that she begins to understand that while pretend play is fun.... it's not real. A great example. Pretend food. If you don't have some already, get some play food.... things like fruit, veggies, hot dogs, etc. Then help her serve them on a plate and pretend to eat them.

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