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13 Nov 2012

3 year old son going backwards due to summer storms
My wife and i both work, and she fetches the boys usually around 3:30pm. Our 2 boys (9 and 3) are at great schools, and we spend as much time as we can with them. The They both slept in their own beds till now - until summer storms arrived and things went pear shaped. The little one is now terrified of the dark, and if he hears thunder he is beside himself with fear. He cannot sleep in his own bed anymore, and we have resorted to him sleeping with his older brother in the double bed, and at least we getting sleep. However, this extra bonding seems to also be having a negative side affect that he is now getting worse separating from mom in the mornings at creche, where before he loved going. Im not sure if the 2 are related, but this, and the fact that he refuses to sleep alone now. And we have tried for many hours to get him to sleep in his own bed before resorting to where we are now. We have shown him and explained storms a plenty!!! He is terrified. If he manages to fall asleep, we sneak him into his own bed, but in the middle of the night if he wakes up, its back to brothers room.
Is this a phase, or should we be concerned? At our wits end.

Regards
Jason
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

He really is very little, to battle with anything alarming in his life. This is probably a phase, so don't make a big deal out of sleeping with his brother at this stage. Perhaps give him lots of praise when he manages to spend any amount of time in his own bed, complimenting him on being so brave and such a big boy. Lots of re-assurance in general, and showing your love, as usual
Purple's general advice is sound, as usual.
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