Is your child afraid of the dark? Are there monsters lurking under the bed or hiding in the recesses of his closet that make sleep a terrifying prospect?
If so, you may just want to head to your local Shoppers Drug Mart where a friendly pharmacist can prescribe your kiddo just the antidote needed.
It worked like a treat for a dad in Sooke, B.C., whose pharmacy was only too happy to print out an official-looking prescription sticker for the fictitious "monster spray" bottle he supplied.
With a 100% effective rate, the spray is to be administered as follows:
"Spray around bedroom at night before bedtime and repeat if needed."
The photo racked up a lot of likes on Reddit, but it seems "monster spray" has been around for a while, in various formats.
Even better if the spray happens to smell of comforting lavender essence.
So I'm going to head down to my local pharmacist and see if they can prescribe a spray that will keep all those grown-up monsters (debt, ISIS, cancer, federal election, etc) at bay.
While she's at it, might as well through in spiders and snakes, too... Couldn't we all use a good night's sleep?
If you can't beat 'em, buy them a coffee? That's what a mom did at her local Tim Hortons after overhearing two women insulting her.
Dianne Hoffmeyer, a Canadian living in Michigan, was in line to buy some Timbits for her toddler when the pair of middle-aged women ridiculed her. They commented on her "nasty" hair and called her a whale. "Oh the whale needs to eat," they said.
What they didn't know was that Hoffmeyer had lost 120 pounds over the past two years on a weight-loss program. The hurtful comments continued and by the time Hoffmeyer reached the till, she was in tears.
Instead of addressing the women, Hoffmeyer did something unexpected: she paid for their coffees, then simply left.
"I bought it for them because it was the right thing to do," she said. "Instead of perpetuating a negative situation, I wanted to do something positive. I wanted to show my kids that you can make a positive out of a negative anytime."
When Hoffmeyer shared her story on Facebook, strangers rallied to her support, with some 94,000 sending her friend requests. Others offered to buy her Tim's gift cards.
But Hoffmeyer claims she'd do it all over again if she were to meet her abusers in person. However, she may never get that chance, as the women have not been seen since in that location.
It's an inspiring lesson in turning the other cheek, but the incident is also a sad reminder that some mean girls grow up to be mean women who don't think twice about saying ugly things to a person's face.
While Hoffmeyer had no control over the women, the only thing she could control was her reaction to them.
She chose to make a bold show of kindness in the face of cruelty, and for this we can only applaud her.
When trying to persuade his toddler to graduate to a big kid bed, dad Eric Strong had to first promise that he would give his son the "most awesome bed ever." After you see the extreme IKEA hack Strong came up with - that includes a secret chamber, slide, pulley and ball machine - there's no doubt that he did just that.
In case you didn't know, IKEA hacks are a big thing on YouTube.
Taking his inspiration from those who bravely hacked before him, Strong MacGyvered his own one-of-a-kind design, using various IKEA components, including two Kura Kids Bed, bookcase, LED lighting.
He repurposed the entire thing, then posted his creation on Reddit and Imgur. The finished product comes complete with a hidden chamber (activated by the classic fake book on the shelf trick), a slide, secret lookout, and a fully-functional ball run with rope-pull bucket.
Of course there's a critic born every minute, and Strong duly addressed the safety concerns raised on his design as follows:
"Rope is taken down when son playing by himself. The posts at bottom of slide have been sawed down and rounded since this video. The electric socket is no more dangerous than any other in the house. An adult can disassemble within seconds if he is stuck inside."
So take that Ryan Reynolds! You may need to crack out the beer and the duct tape in order to put together a basic crib - but not this guy.
I'm wondering if he would consider making an adult version of this bed with a funnel feature that supplies wine and chocolate and Ryan Reynolds movies on demand. I'd pay good money for that.