No Dinosaurs


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Yesterday I was going through drafts that I’ve written and not published. Some of them are full posts that I didn’t finish editing, while some are just a title or a few words which I hoped would remind me of a brilliant idea I wanted to follow up on.

I came upon this draft from a year ago and it made me laugh; maybe it will add a smile to your day too.

For months one of the boys was very afraid of dinosaurs. You would think I would remember which boy it was, but this important detail has slipped away.

This is the quote I found as I tidied up my “Drafts” folder.

“Mom, do you know why I come in your room to sleep every night?”

“No, why?”

“Because I’m afraid of dinosaurs. But don’t worry, I won’t come in your room at Whidbey Island because I know that dinosaurs can’t swim.”

I’m happy to report that we haven’t been woken by a child, or a dinosaur, since arriving here last week. We’re safely protected from dinosaurs by Puget Sound, and we’re all getting a good night’s sleep.

Have your children had any odd or funny fears? What tricks have you used to help them?

p.s. We found a ride for Annarose and Beza from Corvallis to pretty close to Whidbey!


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Mandy
    July 30, 2015

    My oldest said that he thinks he's going to die by getting eaten by an alligator. It took all I had to not crack a smile but it's a legitimate fear of his. And we live nowhere near alligators!! 🙂

  2. Sarah K
    July 30, 2015

    I distinctly remember my sister commissioning a sign for her door when she was about 4 years old. It said, "No lions allowed. Only people in the house."

  3. Ann Hodgman
    July 31, 2015

    My sister once woke up screaming that Santa Claus was coming into her room through the mirror.

  4. Sondra
    December 30, 2015

    Late to the discussion, but my son was terrified of ghosts! At his preschool teacher's suggestion, I finally told him ghosts only live in Africa with the lions. Well, he knew lions couldn't hurt him in Oregon, so obviously ghosts couldn't either… Finally, a full night's sleep!


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