WHY DOES MY 12 YEAR OLD SON STILL SLEEP WITH A LIGHT ON??

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Kelly - posted on 10/09/2009

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I would prefer to sleep with a light on myself. However, hubby prefers total darkness. He gets his way as far as our room, but I do leave the hall bathroom light on for the kids. I don't think it is any big deal. I just like to know I'm not going to be stepping on things or running into something if I have to get up. You can ask him about it, but if he doesn't have a real good answer, I wouldn't worry about it.

Beth - posted on 10/09/2009

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I know some adults that still need some sort of light on either in their room or in the hallway.

Just talk to him about it and find out what he is afraid and then together you can try and sort it out to try and make him feel less afraid.

He may out grow he may not,all depends on him.I know some adults who still need some kind of light on,whether it be a night light or a some sort of lighting come from the hallway.

Some ppl feel more vulnerable when it is completely dark in a room,so to lessen the vulnerability there has to be some light.

Angela - posted on 10/09/2009

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Talk to him and ask him why. The main reason for kids having a light on at night is because they are afraid or have nightmares. Mind you that the reason they have nightmares is because they have some form of anxiety. My boys sleep with the light on but they need theres to be almost and overhead light. I slept with the light on til I was 15. He will grow out of it but it you want to help him along a little quicker just reassure him often that there is nothing to be afraid of and that you are there for him. Hope that helps!

Krystel - posted on 10/09/2009

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iam a 24 year old mom and I still have a nightlight lol although my daughter is in the same room and it's easier to see. I can sleep without it but most times i wont idk y i guess im crazy.

Holly - posted on 10/09/2009

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He might also be having nite-mares. My son did for awhile. Get him to talk to you about why he needs the light on.

Kristina - posted on 10/09/2009

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He's probably feeling insecure in the dark. I would try to explain to him that it's okay to have the light off, that he shouldn't be afraid. Give him a nightlight, see if that works.



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