Magic Spray

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Parenting isn't rocket science. But, it's not easy either.

Lately, I've been reminded of this. A lot.

Perhaps it is the hubby's new gig. Perhaps it is the fact that my little girl began kindergarten this fall. Add together two major life changes and sprinkle in a little stress of my full-time job, and the everyday worries of being a mama and this journey has started to feel as complicated as rocket science.

Recently, I've had to reach into my parenting bag of tricks and pull out the magic spray on multiple occasions.

Magic spray? If you have a toddler or preschooler in your life, I highly recommend it. It's great for fixing things, doesn't cost anything, and you won't find it at any local retailer.

What is it made of? It is a simple recipe that consists of imagination, a little fun, and some love.

Stress in our lives equals stress in our little ones’ lives too.

What do YOU do to take care of yourself and your little one when life gets a little too complicated? How do you teach your little one to work through the bumps of everyday life?

Just when I'm not sure how to fix something in our lives, in walks the memory of the voice of Ms. Booth, preschool teacher, and her bottle of magic spray.

It was one of those days when I was on overload. The kiddo was "feeling my pain" and was responding accordingly. This meant that from getting dressed to eating breakfast to engaging in play at her preschool, there were challenges. There were tears. It was just an "off" day. We all have them.

How can we fix these moments with our kids?

As you find out quickly, there is no rationalizing with a young child. There is opportunity to help them see things differently through their child-like view of the world.

After multiple meltdowns one morning – both by me and the kiddo – Ms. Booth suggested we use some magic spray to make things better.

My child watched with wonder as Ms. Booth reached for an invisible bottle, added a little (pretend) glitter, some special water, a dash of this and a pinch of that and then shook it up. Ms. Booth gave it a second look and added another dash of glitter (isn't everything better with a little more glitter?!). Then, she asked if we were ready. She was about to give a coating of magic spray, guaranteed to make everything better in a few simple squirts.

My child was mesmerized. I was pretty entranced as well.

Ms. Booth began "squirting" her spray over us. Without any mess, there was a transformation. My child's eyes brightened and she squealed "All better!"  Indeed, I was feeling better too. A little imagination, a little fun, and a little love indeed did the trick.

Sometimes parenthood isn't rocket science, but when it comes to making things better, sometimes it does help to be a creative genius.


Have you ever pulled out your magic spray to make things better for your child?

What tips or tricks do you have for making the bumps in life's road smoother for your child?

What do you think?

Magic Spray

Jeannie Fleming-Gifford is a mama to one little lady, freelance writer, and the director of education for a non-profit community school of the arts. Graduating with a B.A. in Music and a M.A. in Child Development, Jeannie began her career in quality child development programs as a teacher, then moved into creative administrative roles with science centers, symphony orchestras and arts programs. Owner of 170+ year old house, Jeannie loves living in small town America where walks to the park and ... More

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  1. Valerie says:

    i like the magic spray! lol i kiss booboos and explain why she cant get what she wants and let her get over it

  2. AliciaBrown says:

    We made "MONSTER TRAPS" whenever my kids were scared (worked for ghosts too). We put a little dish soap (makes impressive bubbles), some food coloring (blue for monsters, green for ghosts), some vanilla (smells good), and added water. We never told the kids what was in it but it makes cool, colored, bubbly liquid. Then we covered the bowl (or coffee can) with plastic wrap, be sure to leave a little bit uncovered so the monsters can get in. We would put these in their room at bed time and then in the morning the bubbles would be gone and we said it’s cause the bubbles made the monsters float away.

  3. Nerissa says:

    Just a note to another poster’s comment. (Dianne) your daughter is having nightmares, not night terrors. You used both terms interchangeably in your post. They are completely different. I was excited to read the first couple lines of your post because I thought there could be a way to prevent the night terrors/ sleep terrors that my son’s been having for the past 6 mths on and off. However as I read on i realized you meant nightmares. They are equally terrifying. The happy dream spray is a great idea. So is the "magic spray" mentioned in this article!

  4. Just reading this story made me feel ‘all better!’ :). Can’t wait to fix up my bottle of magic spray!

  5. Leslie says:

    my daughter don’t cry when she hurts herself unless there is blood. I just grab a was cloth to wipe it up and put a bandage. sing to her to calm her down.

  6. We would use Fre-beeze as monster spray! By spraying under the bed and closet we could make them all disappear!

  7. Tracy says:

    My son is 9. Ever since he was 4 when he would hurt himself, and even now when growing pains hurt so bad; we use "Magic Cream". Most of the time, it requires application from Mom but sometimes he gets it for himself and feels much better!

    Basically the same idea as Magic Spray. Baby Magic or Johnson’s Baby Lotion work in our house!

    And I mean works! My daughter is 4 and she is starting to learn about the magic healing powers.

    Mind over matter, I guess. I love the Magic Spray idea too.

  8. Dianne says:

    When my daughter was about 2 she began having night terrors. After trying many things to help we finally came upon the idea of ‘happy dream spray’. To us, it was a can of our favorite air freshener- to her it was a magic spray that helped her to go to sleep and not have nightmares. Before she would go to bed we would spray her room, her closet, under her bed- whereever she wanted to spray… then we would do our normal tuck-in ritual for bed and she would happily drift off to sleep with the scent of the happy dream spray in her room. If she woke at night, all we had to do was to spray a little bit again, reminding her that the happy dream spray took all bad dreams away- and she would readily fall back to sleep. After a few nights she rarely woke in the middle of the night. We sprayed every night for a few weeks, then we tapered off and sprayed only when she asked for it. What a wonderful help the "magic" was for my kids and several foster children as well.

  9. ErinF says:

    That is so cute! I’ll have to keep the magic spray idea in mind when my kids get to that age.

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