Monster Spray Easing Kids' Fears

Monster Spray Easing Kids' Fears

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Richard Piatt ReportingWhat if all your fears and problems would go away with a couple spritzes from a spray bottle? That isn't a luxury most of us have had, but kids who are afraid of monsters or who want to feel special, maybe can now.

Kale Richins has a bedtime ritual at his house: Spraying for monsters. Across the hall, his sister Olivia--not afraid of monsters-- sprays so she can "sleep like a princess." Both sprays are an idea bottled up by their mom, Ashley.

Knowing fearful but clever youngsters are not fooled by homemade antidotes, Richins created an official version, which she now sells.

Ashley says, "'I'm Not Afraid of Monsters' spray acts like a placebo to eliminate children's nighttime fears."

The spray is actually a natural lavender-vanilla mixture, a pretty scent the monsters hate, according to Richins. Of course, lots of kids have been afraid of monsters. The fear is age-old and so is the solution, but Richins perfected it.

Ashley says, "People's expressions when they would come up to us, they were amazed, and say, ‘Oh my gosh why didn't I think of that?' And they would say, ‘My mom used to do that, I was afraid of monsters.'"

The most important part of the spray is that kids like to use it. Richins has her own kids as testimonials.

The spray is selling for $10 a bottle.

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