So-- sometimes you just have to go with it! When your little one is being bothered by monsters, why not EMPOWER them to take things into their own hands by formulating a monster-repelling spray? A few years ago, I heard about this idea from some blog or magazine article. If I could remember which one, I'd certainly credit it-- this is NOT an original idea.
When he started complaining about the monsters while we were chatting in the car last week, I knew just what to do! I told him to remind me to put it on my list and I'd whip him up a batch of monster spray. Of course he's a bit skeptical-- how does it work? how did I know how to make it?
What I've explained is that it is a repellant (not a killing spray) like bug spray that has a smell that the monsters don't like. I've opted to use sweet orange essential oil so there is a distinct odor to the spray. As to where I learned how to make it, from the computer-- of course! He has seen me regularly look up instructions, recipes, maps, driving directions and the like, so he knows there is a wealth of information out there.
Now I admit, I've tried to be as honest as possible with our children and direct deception has been hard (even in the case of Santa and the Easter bunny). But, I do think there is something worth protecting in the innocence of this age-- when anything is possible. Plus, it shows that I am listening and taking his concerns seriously, not just dismissing them as imaginary.
I made the spray a few days ago and he told me the next day after that it was working great and keeping them away (although apparently they are a still bit noisy in their secret passage tunnel that passes by his room).
Recipe: Monster Spray
1 spray bottle (I got mine for $1 at walmart)
Fill with water
Add 10 or so drops of your favorite essential oil (if desired-- I used a sweet orange essential oil that I like in my cleaners-- I figure that it can double as an air freshener while he's spraying it around)
I didn't bother but if you feel crafty or want to fancy it up, try adding in a cute label like this one:
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