Did you know that a child’s dream may have significant meanings? It’s true, and as parents we need to pay attention to their dreams. The International Association for the Study of Dreams (asdreams.org) have interpreted dreams – for example: dreams like flying without an airplane can show they have strong creative abilities. Nightmares with children might be frightening but there is a good chance that they have a high destiny to fulfill in their life. It’s important that as your child dreams and shares them with you, you may want to record their dreams.
To understand your child’s dream, you need to start asking about them and keep track before you can start to interpret them. Here are some simple ways to help children record, remember and understand the dreams they are having:
5 tips to help record and remember children’s dreams
- Encourage your children to try and remember their dreams and openly talk about them. You will have a higher success in capturing these dreams if you discuss them first thing in the morning. Their memory of the dream may be clearer. Make a habit of asking them what they dreamed at the breakfast table.
- Dreams take over our minds while we are sleeping. Dream meanings offer a wealth of information but the fascinating and surreal world of the subconscious. Along with your child create and keep a dream journal. Encourage your child to participate by having he or she add drawings of what they dreamed to the dream journal.
- A child’s dream language is going to be simple. Oneironautics, those who work Oneirology – the study of dreams – have found that a child may see things in cartoon form or associate cartoon or superhero characters with Angels or even God in their dreams.
- Those in the field of sleep and dreaming have determined there are 10 dream categories ranging from psychological healing dreams to lucid dreams and nightmares to dreams of daily life. As you start to gather your child’s dreams, there is a great website that will help you to better understand their meaning. Here is a link to the various dream categories. (this link will go to: http://www.dreaminterpretation-dictionary.com/types-of-dreams.html)
- Be focused on the tone of the dream. The child may share the dreams in tones of light and color, or they may interpret it in more dark and shadow-like tones. There is a correlation between the various tones, and a darker color dreams could reveal hidden fears or things that they may be trying to stop them from advancing. Ask your child if he or she knows what the dream meant. Sometimes they actually know the meaning.
The more you know about your children’s dreams, the better you can help them learn to honor the dream messages they receive from an early age. Helping your child interpret their dreams will also give you an understanding of their needs, troubles, joys and fears.
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