The Longest Dream Ever (maybe) from Rooftops on Vimeo. This a video posted by the Larssons, a family who participated in the NZ Wife Swap reality show. But this video is all about about the girl sharing her dream.
Savannah is really a cheeky adorable girl and her dream is epic! The video is truly enjoyable. There are a few things that I want to highlight, but please enjoy the video first.
Dream Shearing Gen.
This is a wonderful example on how much fun kids can have sharing their dreams. Savannah is laughing and engaged in her own storytelling. She’s loving it. His father seems to be engaged and amused, too. I love how Savannah’s father is asking for clarifications. This is important because the dream might be clear in our kids’ heads, but not for the listener.
We should encourage our children to share their dreams. We actually do encourage them to speak about their day at school or about their outing with grandma. Why not dreams? When kids grow this way, they not only become more articulate and creative adults, but also carry forward the importance of dream sharing onto the next generation.
Emotional Story Telling.
Kids’ dream shearing allows them to express themselves, in general, and express their feelings and emotions, in particular. Also, it allows them to build stories and cohesive narratives departing from images apparently unconnected. Story telling can be learned, and sharing dreams allows children to learn by trial and error. They learn to differentiate what they have in their minds and what others hear. Also, they learn to discuss their emotions and feelings openly. For the rest, they’re learning to tell a story and be fully present when doing so.
When children are telling their dream, they are activating the visual and verbal part of their brain. As a result, they’re also activating their creativity. Recognize that, even if your kid were making up part (or most) of the dream story, this is just a great exercise of imagination. They’re feeding their creativity with images and stories that speak to them and come from within.
When you listen to kids’ dreams you can catch those issues that are really important to them. Those issues could be personal, familiar, social or global. Quite possibly, those dreams are very different from those we had when we were kids. I don’t remember ever dreaming about environmental issues as Savannah does, because the issues affecting the planet were less numerous and less pressing in my childhood. There are other issues that press kids nowadays: bullying, social media, technology, divorce, sexual identity, different types of family units, sickness, pandemics, and so on. Their fears about those issues will probably show up in their dream as much, or more, than in their conscious minds. Listening to their dream is a window open for us to evaluate the emotional and mental state of our children.