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    My daughter is three and has never been afraid of the dark. She would even get up to go potty in the middle of the night by herself. Now all of a sudden she is terrified to go to sleep at night. For about two weeks now I've fought with her for an hour of hysterical crying and the past couple of nights I just haven't had the energy to deal with it and let her fall asleep on the couch watching tv and carried her off the bed later (I know that's horrible).

    My son who is five has always been afraid of pretty much everything so I don't know if she's feeding off his fears or what. But he goes to bed fine. Any ideas?

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    Some children are just more sensitive to things. Sometimes the see or hear things that scare them but don't verbalize it then when they go to sleep their brain dwells on it. You might try having them sleep in the same room for a little while, itmight help just knowing that someone else is in the same room. If you do let them sleep on the couch don't let them watch the television-this can be a hard habit to break later. Try talking with her to see why she is afraid to go to sleep, if it is that she is scared of the dark go ahead and leave the bedroom light on for her, maybe a radio will help to distrct her thoughts. Hope some of this helps

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    Such good ideas you have given atta76, Kim. I used to do the radio and light thing for one of mine. And then he slowly out grew the light. Still uses a radio to this day.
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    Excellent wisdom Kim!!

    I used to leave the closet light on for my kids and then they had the round lights that you can tap on - I gave each one and whenever they needed that extra security of light - there it was

    I also read them books each night or we told each other stories, sometimes the stories would lead them them telling me why they were afraid of the dark.


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    Thanks so much, she does have a light but I never thought about a radio.

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    Let us know how it goes if it works or not. A really important thing is to praise her and make a big to do about it if she does sleep all night in her own bed. This will encourage her to keep doing it.

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    My kids swore there were monsters in their rooms. So I made monster spray(I think you can buy this now, I think I saw it somewhere) All I did was put water in a spray bottle with a little scented oil every night we would spray anywhere they said were monsters in their room (closet, under the bed etc). It worked they could smell the monster spray and knew no monsters could go where the spray was. They slept and it fragranced their room too.
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    Love the spray idea, never thought about doing something like that before. I also have a little one that is afraid of the dark. I do leave on the bathroom light for him, and then the radio. He loves the radio idea. It keeps him from thinking about things that might bother him. He sleeps very well with it. I try to put on soothing music, something that well relax him. My oldest has out grown this, so I know that my youngest well too. Let us know how it goes for you. It just takes time for them to calm down.

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