A purple polar bear

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My daughter has a fear of bears.

We found this out about 6 months ago when she woke up screaming with a nightmare. After calming her down we turned our focus to talking about it and trying to figure out where this fear was coming from. She told us that she had seen a show about bears attacking people when she was with her dad.

Great.

While it took a few weeks, we managed to get her over these nightmares and kind of forget about the “scary bears”.

Starting in January at her preschool, the kids are learning all about the winter, and winter themed animals. The first animal they learned about was Polar Bears.

After her first “Winter Wonderland” class, Violet came home and had a terrible dream – yup, you guessed it: about a polar bear.

Not just any polar bear, but a PURPLE polar bear.

Did I mention that this bear had a needle? We recently had to take a splinter out of her finger with a very small needle … one that she admitted did NOT hurt her… but none the less, this “horrible” needle has made it onto this purple polar bear.

This purple polar bear, and a new (renewed) fear of the dark and of being alone, is becoming a problem that I don’t know how to fix. I am just not sure what to do. We have been reassuring her that there is no such thing as a purple polar bear, and that our house is safe and we will keep her safe. She has not had the dream again, but she keeps thinking about it during the day, and it is worrying her. She is scared that it will get not only her, but me as well.

I feel so bad for her, but I am very frustrated that she cannot accept the fact that it is not real. I know that she is only 4, and that this is normal – I think I am more frustrated by the fact that I don’t know how to make her feel better 🙁

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What do you do when your kids have nightmares that last for days and days (or that they think about for days)??

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