My Amazing Monster Eats Your Worries Away
I’m a natural worrier. I’m constantly worrying over and sweating small and big things alike. There are times, when I’m worrying the most, that I wish I could unload my stress onto someone but I know most cases the things I worry about can’t be helped by anyone and would just stress those around me needlessly. So, I keep a lot of my worries to myself.
Now, imagine how children must feel when they’re worried and feel like they have no one to turn to with their issues. They don’t always feel like they can tell their school-mates or their parents so many times they keep their troubles all to themselves and it becomes evident by their behavior that something is bothering them.
As a parent, this can be a little disconcerting. It’s our job to help ease their worries but if they don’t communicate those to us we just can’t help put those worries as ease. This is especially true as our children grow older and they feel like they can no longer communicate and confide in us as much as they used to.
Author Beth Cilmer was inspired to write her books “My Amazing Monster: Goes to the Hospital” and “My Amazing Monster: Meets the Bully” by an experience she had in her youth surrounding her fathers Congestive Heart Disease. Beth purchased a special monster doll for her father while he was hospitalized and from that day forward the monster stayed with her father through his illness, doctors appointments and even was present at her fathers funeral. He became a beloved fixture in the lives of Beth’s family as well as the nurses that cared for her father while he was hospitalized.
Beth’s inspiration for the monster came after reading an article where a patient suffering from Breast Cancer had used Guided Imagery Therapy and imaged the ugliest monster she could conjure was eating away the cancer cells in her body. The idea was that the monster would eat away all of the bad things in her body, leaving only a clean and healthy environment in its wake. The article further discussed how empowering the process was and how that positive energy impacted her life. This led to the purchase of Beth’s fathers own monster doll.
Gobble, the main character in Beth’s books, is a monster sent on an amazing mission to spark imaginations and to lend a jaw to anyone battling illness. The idea is for the special child in need to hug Gobble and ignite his special appetite for their worries. Gobble’s favorite snack is a little dry but he loves to be fed handwritten notes by his special child. Simply write it down, crumble it up and feed it to Gobble to help ease your worries. Did I mention that Gobble loves to snuggle with your little one while they sleep? It’s his favorite hobby.
Gobble has a special set of monster rules that his special child must abide by but they’re simple and fun, unlike adult rules:
- Gobble must be hugged at least once a day. Just have your child close their eyes and imagine him on his special mission.
- He can only digest the worry nuggets while your little one sleeps. It’s nothing personal it’s just that his tummy makes funny gurgling noises and it’s a little embarrassing.
- Take him to your doctors appointments because he doesn’t mind getting things done to him first. Just keep an eye on him because he can get a little crazy.
3 simple rules for your little one to live by when Gobble comes to stay with them. Gobble is a great snuggling companion and is a great monster to take to the doctors when your little one is having doubts about going in alone. Overall, Gobble would make any little one a great best friend!
Note to parents: You can remove the worry nuggets from Gobble through the zipper on his back. How you handle the worries and fears of your little one is up to you.