Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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MommaT's picture MommaT

We struggle with keeping S. out of our bed A LOT. He doesn't have bad dreams or monsters, he just likes to be near us.

What works (sometimes) is changing S.'s bedding. He wanted a Speed Racer blanket, so I told him it was a big boy blanket and that if he got it, he needed to be a big boy and sleep in his bed. It worked... for a few days.

You mentioned a flashlight. There are several flashlights out there that will automatically turn off after so many minutes--those are excellent for scared children because they don't drain the batteries. S. has a Thomas the train flash light that does that--he loves it.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Great suggestions! I've never seen the flashlights that automatically turn off--what a great idea! L. got one for Christmas last year that's a hand-cranked one. Tricky for smaller kids, but for older kids the hand-cranked flashlight is fun and economical.

Switching bedding is a great idea, too. Every now and then we switch the furniture around in L.'s room to a new way he wants it arranged, and that seems to help, too.

We also bought him a sleeping bag last summer and he sleeps zipped up in this on top of his sheets. Then, when he wants to come to our room he brings the bag with him.


Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I know it's not for everyone, but prayer gives my B peace. She likes knowing there is Someone looking out for her, even when the rest of the world is asleep.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I'm so glad B. has that comfort!