Do your children have sleep problem? Do they go to sleep easily? Is it hard for them to go back to sleep after waking up in the middle of the night? For young children, a common reason for sleep problem is being afraid of monsters. It feels irrational for adults, but it is real for kids. If you just tell them there are no monsters, it usually won’t work. As they are sure they’ve seen monsters. A gentle way to teach kids about bedtime monsters, is to share a story of monsters. Pillow Mountain is a book app for young children telling the story of a boy who saw monsters in sleep.
At night, Nolan falls asleep all cozy in his bed. But all the sudden, he is surprised by scary monsters who grab him from his bed and send him tumbling down a mountain. Nolan tries very hard to run back to his bed, but he simply cannot out run those monsters. Finally, Nolan must face the monsters. He turned around, and realizes there is nothing to fear. Those monsters are in fact just objects like mailbox, vacuum cleaners, …
It is a short story with light interactions on each page. The narration is very kids friendly. You can also choose to have the sound and voice off.
The story teaches kids that monsters are imaginary in a subtle way. After the story, you can ask your child some questions, like “Have you seen monsters at night?” “What did those monsters look like?” Once kids start talking about it, as parent, you can usually figure out what they are. You can also play some monster shadow games, even make some monsters with kids to help them to realize that monsters are not real. This needs be a self-realization for kids.
Pillow Mountain is available on iPhone, iPod and iPad. It is only $0.99
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