Take the fears and worries of your highly sensitive child (HSC) seriously. They think deeply. They don’t just read about a monster; they picture it in full technicolour and imagine what such a monster could do to them with those teeth and those claws and how their roar would sound. Their worries about their day become huge to them, particularly at bedtime.
Saylee, mother of an almost nine year old HSC, not only respects her daughter’s worries but has come up with a tool to help her with them at bedtime – a monster head band.
What’s the Purpose of a Monster Headband?
What You Need to Make a Monster Headband
- a headband, hairband or a cap
- laminated monster cutouts (Saylee found her images here)
- glue to stick the velcro to the monsters and to the cap
How Does the Monster Headband Work?
“We found a few cute monster cutouts, which we used to stick onto the headband after we had got rid of the worries to represent good thoughts. As I stick on the cute monsters I tell her positive things about herself.”
“She feels more peaceful and calm before she falls asleep. It has helped her feel more relaxed and because the monster plucking results in laughter it’s become a great tool for bonding.”
About Saylee: I am a HSP myself and it took me years to realise I was one. It was a light bulb moment for me when one day while searching for my daughter I came across this word and then everything fell into place for me, and also for my daughter. I am a storyteller where I conduct story telling sessions for little ones to help them in language development. I am a passionate reader and love kids literature and so also have a library for the age group of 0-6 year olds to inculcate the habit of reading in them.
What is great about this idea is that you can personalise the pictures to personalise it for your child’s own worries. Your child could even draw the pictures themselves.