my 7 year old girl wont sleep in her own room

NOELINE - posted on 08/25/2015 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hi there! I've got a 7 year old girl and she wont sleep in her own room. She says she is scared and there are noises outside her window. During the day she plays in her room but as soon as it starts to get dark outside, she will close her door and sit in the lounge for the rest of the night. What should I do? I feel like I can't force her to sleep there if she is scared. Please help!

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Dove - posted on 08/25/2015

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Telling her there is no reason to be afraid is not a cure to her fear. She is 7. Children do not always have 'rational' fears, but that doesn't make them any less real. Have you tried laying or sitting in there w/ her until she falls asleep, so you can hear and she can tell you when/what is upsetting her? If it IS the noise of the dogs you are either going to have to move the dogs, move her room, or help her to feel more comfortable w/ the sounds... not just tell her that it is OK, but give her time and help her through it whatever it takes until she is comfortable in there.

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NOELINE - posted on 08/25/2015

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yes it did but thats why we told she needn't be afraid coz the dogs will protect her

Jodi - posted on 08/25/2015

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Has it occurred to you that the noises the dogs make may be scary to her?

NOELINE - posted on 08/25/2015

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yes we,ve done that and the only noise we hear are the dogs we told her that there is nothing the dogs are protecting you. they lay under your window coz they looking out for you i dont know if its just an exuse for her not to sleep there but she whants to sleep there with her baby brother

Jodi - posted on 08/25/2015

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Are you sure? Have you sat in her room in the silence, in the dark and listened to what she may be hearing?

NOELINE - posted on 08/25/2015

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there is nothing outside the window only the dogs that walk there at night we have got an electric fence around the whole yard

Jodi - posted on 08/25/2015

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Have you investigated the source of these noises? There are some noises that to a child are not scary during the day, but at night, they can be quite terrifying. Does she have a tree outside her window? An awning?

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