I have a five year old who has recently started waking up again at night and waking me up too. She talks of ghosts and monsters. I have put a light in her room and tell her that our dog would bark if anyone was around but these things arent real to no avail. Can anyone suggest how I can clm her worries and get a good nights sleep again...

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Heather - posted on 10/29/2012

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I have had issues with my little boy with that all his life. There is absolutely no point in trying to convince them that they aren't real. I spoke to a therapist about it and they told me that to children, if they are real in their head then they might as well be standing at the foot of the bed. I had to completely reevaluate what I was letting him watch and to this day I still have to. He is eight now but really it is better that they aren't watching things about monsters and ghosts anyway. I keep a light on for him and any time I hear him in the night, I make sure to let him know that everything is okay. Consistently making sure that she isn't exposed to the problem is key.

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Debbie - posted on 10/30/2012

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thanks your comments are greatly appreciated, not Tv this afternoon, dog in bedroom and meditation music on (Cross fingers)

Jessica - posted on 10/29/2012

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I agree, see what kinds of shows she is watching etc. My son used to do that when he was little. Now i have to monitor what he watches or he has nightmares.

FoxyMom - posted on 10/29/2012

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Mine did that and I had my dog sleep with him. I told him that monsters and ghosts are scared of dogs and the dog would protect him. Problem solved. Also try to figure out where she got the idea from. You can't reason with a 5 year old that ghosts aren't real because to them they are.

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