So, since then every time Scorch goes to bed, he thinks about the bad kitty in the movie and freaks himself right out and doesn’t want to go to bed. Some nights are worse then others- last night he was up 1 hour and 20 minutes past lights out because he kept scaring himself. Here’s what we’ve tried to help him out:
> Talking about what scares him and why. Explaining that cats aren’t bad and that Kitty Galore* (the bad kitty in the movie) is just pretend.
> Talking about all the great things Scorch can think about at night before bed instead- Christmas, friends, football, etc.
> Letting Scorch sleep with a variety of things (toy guns, super heros, etc) to make him feel better.
> Letting Scorch sleep with a stuffed baby Jesus from our plush nativity scene under his pillow.
> Putting a bunch of family pics in his room so everyone can watch over him and keep him safe
> Letting Scorch sleep with a flashlight.
> Keeping his door all the way open when he goes to bed.
I honestly don’t know what else to do? At night he’s not hysterical, he simply keeps getting out of bed because he says he’s scared. I feel like a heartless witch telling him to deal with it, but that is what we’re starting to do because I’m out of ideas. Any other suggestions?
*Please, let’s take a moment to acknowledge how hard I’m trying not to turn this into a funny post. Come on now- my son is scared of an imaginary cat named Kitty Galore- that begs to be humorously blogged about. But he’s legitimately scared and I don’t watch Scorch in 5 years to come online and see me mocking him. Even though I really want to.