QUOTE (123tree @ 26/11/2012, 08:25 PM)
The problem I have with "checking" for monsters is that maybe then the child would think that even Mum and Dad think they are real. However every child is different and if it works then it works.
This is my thought too. Same with the spray.
A few weeks ago DD told DP that there were monsters in her wardrobe, so he opened the door and 'scared' them away. It didn't help. The next night she screamed when he tried to put her to bed, so she ended up sleeping in our room.
The next night I sat on her bed with her, she protested a bit, but then we just chatted. We talked about all the good things she did that day, just positive things. She did bring up monsters coming into her room, so I said 'who? Cookie Monster or Elmo?' (She loves Sesame Street), she thought for a second and then said something about Cookie Monster and how he was her friend. We read a few stories and she went to bed fine that night.Kids this age are so impressionable, try and make the scary thing a nice thing.
We also put away scary type books (like anything with a 'bad' character), and try to just talk about nice things before she goes to bed.
Good luck OP, when we had this trouble with DD I searched EB for help and there were a lot of topics on it, I think it's quite common for this age.
This post has been edited by GrumpyTurtle: 26/11/2012, 07:57 PM