Brandy - posted on 08/14/2012 ( no moms have responded yet )
My three year old (3 years, 3 months) has all the sudden decided he is scared to death to go to bed alone. It seems to have started with the beginning of rain returning after such a long dry spell. We quelled those initial fears, and have come to expect some crying during thunderstorms, but this past week it has been every night, rain storm or not. He screams (wall shattering style) when we leave the room; if we're nearby he will get a death grip on any part of us he can reach. He sleeps with his light on low, and the past two nights we've added an extra source of light. He was fine with our dog being in there for a little bit last night in place of one of us. We've tried talking to him about what he is afraid of. His first response is thunder, although he will tell us any time that thunder is in the sky, it's caused by lightning, and that it can't get him. Then he'll go on to say noises (more in general). We discuss what those noises are - bugs outside, cars going past, the fan, etc. We've tried music playing as a distraction to all the noises. I would think that it's a diversion to having to go to bed, but he'll wake up at all hours in fear; it's not just that initial bedtime reaction. He's resorted to coming into our room in the middle of the night if we don't hear him holler for us. I want to acknowledge his fears (as they are very real to him) without encouraging them and help us all get better sleep once again. Any advice?