Help, My 7 yr old daughter will not stay in her room at night.

Shannon - posted on 10/24/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have two girls 7 and 5.Since February 2012, my 7 year old has started to come into our bed at night. She starts off in her own room with no issues and falls right asleep, but sometime in the night she comes into ours. We have asked her why she comes and and she tell us that she is afraid that someone is going to come in her window and take her (she over heard this happening on the news at grandmas). We have assured her that this wasn't going to happen, we put alarms on the windows, she sleeps with her light on. We have tried everything we can think of. Just recently she has been telling us she is afraid of the dark and that is why she is coming in..well she already sleeps with her light on. We have talked to her peditrician and he tells us she will out grow it, but I'm not thinking she will at this point. Please help, we want her to over come her fears and feel safe.

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Holly - posted on 10/24/2012

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my 8yo is scared too, and OFTEN has nighmares. I know what you mean about maybe not even realizing she crawls in bed with you... perhaps only put on the closet light, and creep the door open to where the shadow covers her eyes, so that the brightness isn't in her eyes... i think the bedroom light is too much. i can imagine that hearing abut scary people coming in your windows is a VERY scary thing for children to hear.

Shannon - posted on 10/24/2012

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We let her sleep with her bedroom light on. Most nights when she comes in our room we may not even notice she is there...when we do notice her there, we put her back in her room and she will make her way back to us.

Holly - posted on 10/24/2012

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every night when she comes into your room, perhaps let her lay in there a little until she feels safe... then take her back to her room... now you say you let her sleep with her light on? is this her bedroom light? or a night light? or a closet light? a bed side lamp?

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