Dana - posted on 06/10/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )
She used to do so well, but then her father and I separated a few months ago (he moved out), she did sleep with me some nights as comfort but now it's been a 2-3 hour ordeal to get her to sleep in her own bed, she tries telling me she's boss and will only sleep in by bed or the couch, says she doesn't like her bed or is scared (she has a night light, snuggle toys, watches a movie before bed to settle down). I feel I have to stand firm so she doesn't get the idea that if she keeps fighting me she'll get her way, but last night took 3 hours then when I woke up she was sleeping on the couch... She's started hitting and kicking me when I try to explain to her about sleeping in her own bed. I calmly explain, snuggle with her for a little while, rub her back, constantly tell her how much I love her and how special she is and there's nothing to be afraid of, but then after a few hours I have to raise my voice and say this is how it's going to be and put my foot down.... so far nothing is working and I'm getting exhausted night after night of this... Any ideas???