All people, not only kids and artists, should allow themselves to drown into colours, paint and pencils. Things you would never dream of, maybe just that, things happenings in dreams can also climb into your pencil. Let it happen! Dream with your eyes vide open, and be sure to have something in your hands transfer whatever it is into paper. Do not feel guilt or shame. It is only human.
When I was a kid, I used sometimes to curl myself in our dogs place. Lying there together was warm, kind of safe and soothing. The soft fur, the smell of animal could change a crying child to a sleepy girl.