What to Do When Your Kid Sees Monsters

My daughter has a fear of monsters. She sees them. If you have a kid, it's likely they've seen monsters to. But how can you respond to it in a positive and validating way? Find out how we do it in our family! 

by Sarah Petruno, Shamana

My daughter and I were visiting her aunt, my sister Amanda, when we went outside to take the dogs out.

As soon as we came in, my daughter turned to me and said,

“I scared Mommy. There’s monsters out there.”

She was almost 3 at the time.

I assured her that they could not hurt her and that I was here to help her if they came close. She was reassured, then asked me if we could get binoculars to look at them from the window (ha!).

My sister, a medium, lived on a busy road. Later, I asked her about the monsters and if she had ever seen them.  I can see Spirits too, but my gifts aren’t quite like that of my lifelong-I-see-spirits-plain-as-day sister.

My sister said that yes, sometimes creepy looking spirits stand in the road and look scary.

Then, a few nights later, my daughter turned to my sister, her aunt, and said that she was scared of the monsters outside.

Amanda asked her to describe them, “What do the monsters look like?,” she asked.

“Like monkeys with big mouths,” my daughter replied matter-o-factly.


Let’s cut to the chase here.

Monsters are real.

If you have a kid that talks about monsters and their ability to see them, make no mistake, they can. Most children can see spirits from the time they are born up until somewhere around the age of 8-10 when the ability tends to fade.

My daughter has been seeing spirits since she was a baby.

It’s normal for most kids (read more about this here), but it just so happens that most parents and caretakers cannot see spirits, including “monsters,” so they tell kids that monsters don’t exist.

This is a huge mistake.

My daughter has a fear of monsters. She sees them. If you have a kid, it's likely they've seen monsters to. But how can you respond to it in a positive and validating way? Find out how we do it in our family! 

When your child sees monsters and you say they don’t exist, you immediately tell them that the terrifying sight they are experiencing isn’t real. You immediately invalidate your child’s experiences as real and valid and worth examining.

This is largely the very reason why your born-a-psychic child’s abilities and gifts of seeing spirit may fade - because they’re told that what they’re experiencing is all part of their imagination, that it’s not real.

If you don’t want to believe me, that’s okay.

But please give your child a chance.

The next time your child tells you there are monsters in their room, or outside, or on the street - ask questions.

What do they look like?

What are they doing?

Where are they?

Are you afraid?

Is there anything I can do?

Get more information on who it is that is scaring your child and what they are doing. Is it a human, animal, or some other creature? What exactly are they doing and where are they in proximity to your child? You need more details to assess the situation.

Most importantly, don’t panic. There are things you can do.

Before you do anything to combat the monsters, take a moment to direct your attention to your child.

The absolute most important thing you can do here is to support your child and validate their experiences, even if you aren’t having the same experience.

Next, you can teach your child to set boundaries with Spirits, including monsters, that may enter their space.

Then, you can teach them some tried and true techniques so that they don’t have see them and they can fall asleep and stay asleep more easily. (This protection song and this meditation work for kids 2+).

Finally, call upon their guardian angels and spirit guides to protect them and keep the less than friendly monster spirits away. You can also call upon deceased loved ones to protect your child - grandparents and parents love this job!

For more tips on raising a psychic child, check out this category on my blog for all the articles!

With love,


LAST UPDATED: November 4, 2015

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