9yr old DD comes to our bed EVERY NIGHT with no fail

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marriotmum Tue 06-Feb-18 12:27:22

This is an ongoing issue for a while now. DD is coming to our bed every single night without fail. She did not used to do this when little and up until age 6ish. It feels like a habit and as if her biological clock is tuned to waking up at more or less the same time every night. (between 1-3am)

We talked about this loads - I am constantly asking her why does she think it is happening and what needs to change so that she does not wake up or come to our room. All she say is that she can not control waking up (fair enough) and when she does, she feels so scared alone in her room.

We are very patient about this, don't make a big deal and have never been strict about kids coming to our bed, luckily we also have a huge bed so up until recently it was not always noticeable or interfering with our sleep. However she does always go to DH side and snug up with him but his sleep is deeper than mine. if it was my side, I would have not lasted a week.

When we try to take her back in the middle of the night, she does not willingly go and asks us to stay and stay and almost keeps herself awake just not to let go. Then we end up spending long minutes (sometime an hour!) and mostly fail as she does not go back to sleep. Rarely it works. The is tough on us as we are a busy parents with full time work and must get a decent night sleep.

Now we are at a point when enough is enough and we need to crack this. Mostly I am concerned there are underlying psychological issues to this behaviour. I have no clue why though as DD is a delightful child, top of her class, popular and have good friendships at school and a very talented gymnast with an intense training programme. I don't notice any particular anxieties or behaviour issues during the day that raises any concerns.

Not sure if this is relevant, we have a DS as well age 13. He is fine although he used to do the same for a few years but only when he was very little and then just grow out of the habit by himself, which is partly why we let this go on for so long as we hoped the same will happen with DD. And maybe one day it will.. but at the monet, 3 years is, we feel this needs to be addressed.

I would welcome any advice you may have or specific child therapy that you think might help. We are simply desperate.

Many thanks

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Game0fScones Fri 09-Feb-18 20:52:32

My 9 year old DS does the same. I've decided he will just grow out of it in his own time. But sometimes I do worry I should be doing something about it. I don't know what though. Is it really bad?

marriotmum Fri 09-Feb-18 21:39:23

I think the question is what works for you? Is your sleep being disturbed as a result? If it does not bothered you then maybe it is just a matter of time.

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onetwothreefour5 Sat 10-Feb-18 07:57:09

Sorry but this is just ridiculous. If she has no special needs, get strict and tell her she's a big girl and needs to sleep in her own bed now. She is not to come in to your bed at night any more and if she does she will promptly be taken back to hers. You are enabling this.
Surely this is obvious?

Clutterbugsmum Sat 10-Feb-18 11:04:45

I agree with onetwothreefour, you need to get strict with her. She know full well that she should be doing this.

I would have one final conversation with her that under no circumstances is she to come into you bedroom unless she is ill and then only for you to deal with her.

I would even go as far as to tell her if she insists on acting like a baby at night then you will treat her like one during the day.

onetwothreefour5 Sat 10-Feb-18 13:36:42

We are very patient about this, don't make a big deal and have never been strict about kids coming to our bed,

And now you are paying for this. There is no "child therapy" needed. Get strict on her, it's crazy you've left it so long.

theculture Sun 11-Feb-18 19:03:37

My surprisingly effective response is bribery - but it is a long game so start cheap!

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