My child is 3. Sometimes he has nightmares. What's a good technique to help him deal with these, both at the time when he wakes, and long term to help him overcome them?
(He's not having night terrors!)
It looks like Kari Gunnarsson has about half of what my answer would be in a really fun way. Put simply - teach your child he can control his dreams once he knows it is a dream! Best advice I was ever given as a child myself too!
I would Add a couple more things though too.
Also, for your sake, know that this too, shall pass. Even if none of the techniques work right away, kids come out of these things and everyone will start getting their rest again soon.
One of my nannies used a trick on me and I have used it since then and it has worked well.
She put her hand in her pocket and handed me an imagined object, an invisible wish stone. And she then told me that I would always have this wish stone with me when I was dreaming. And I could wish for anything and it would happen in the dream. I could even use it to fly. I have had such an adventure with my dream worlds sins this time as I was handed some control that I could actively use in the dream.
Also I was able to test if the thing I was experiencing was a dream by wishing for the ability to fly, and if I would fly then I would know it to be a dream and I could then relax and use my wishing power to make something fun with the dream.
I have always given a child a part of my wish stone whenever a child talks with me about his or her dreams.