Daisy and the Noisy Monster

 

Guidance for parents/carers/professionals, who may be reading this with a child: The following poem has been written to help children understand and defeat their Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  Ellie Donnelly, a CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) therapist suggests that rather than reassurring children, the best way to tackle an obsessive behaviour is to help them visualise the behaviour  as a ‘noisy monster’.  An obsessive behaviour may first appear as a way of managing or avoiding something a child finds anxiety provoking.  However, the behaviour can become entrenched and the child locked into needing to repeat the behaviour to avoid their fears.  The poem Daisy and the Noisy Monster is a way of giving you back control over your obsessive behaviour so eventually it will go away.

It tells the story of how Daisy became strong and  learned to not listen to ‘Old Curly Don’t’ until he went away.

OLD CURLY DON’T THE MONSTER BANGED LOUDLY ON THE DOOR
AND BOLDLY STAMPED HIS TWO FLAT FEET UPON THE KITCHEN FLOOR

HE CRIED AND SCREAMED AND ROARED FOR FOOD
“DAISY IF YOU FEED ME I’LL BE GOOD”.

SO DAISY FED CURLY DON’T THAT DAY
AND CURLY DON’T MOVED IN TO STAY

BUT AFTER MONTHS AND MONTHS OF FOOD
OLD CURLY DON’T WAS STILL NOT GOOD

HE’D GOTTEN FAT,  HE’D GROWN SO TALL
HE’D PICK HER UP, HE’D LET HER FALL

AND IF POOR DAISY TRIED TO SLEEP
CURLY DON’T WOULD CRY “I NEED TO EAT”.

EVERYDAY HE GREW AND CALLED FOR FOOD
THEN ONE DAY SHE SAID “HE’LL NEVER BE GOOD”

WHEN DAISY STARTED TO SHUT THE DOOR
THAT NAUGHTY MONSTER HE WOULD ROAR

AND ROAR AND ROAR AND ROAR AND ROAR
AND ROAR AND ROAR AND ROAR

BUT DAISY WOULD NOT LET HIM IN
SHE PUT HIS DINNER IN THE BIN

AND THEN EACH TIME HE CAME TO CALL
SHE HEARD HIS VOICE GET WEAK AND SMALL

HIS BELLY SHRUNK, HIS LEGS GOT SHORT
HE DIDN’T HAVE MUCH TO REPORT

EXCEPT TO SAY “I’LL GO AWAY
IF YOU JUST FEED ME A BIT TODAY”

BUT DAISY HAD LEARNED TO IGNORE THE DIN
AND LET HIM SHOUT UNTIL HE GREW THIN

AND WHEN HE LEARNED SHE WOULD GIVE HIM NO FOOD
OLD CURLY DON’T THE MONSTER LEFT DAISY FOR GOOD.

SO IF A NOISY MONSTER EVER COMES TO CALL
LET HIM GROWL AND SCREAM AND BAWL

LET HIM SQUAWK AND HOLLER AND ROAR
OR LET HIM YELL UNTIL HE’S BORED

LET HIM STAMP HIS FEET UPON THE FLOOR
BUT NEVER EVER OPEN THE DOOR

MONSTERS LIKE CURLY DONT DO GO AWAY
WHEN THEY KNOW THEIR ROARING WILL NOT PAY

WEE DAISY’S DAYS ARE NOW FULL OF GLEE
PLEASE HEED HER STORY AND BE MONSTER FREE.

Ellie Donnelly © 2012

If you feel you have obsessive or compulsive behaviour that you are worried about, talking to someone can help; this could be your GP,  School Nurse, CAMHS worker or you could contact Childline on 0800 1111

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