My DS will be 9 in September. He's a beautiful soul - sensitive, very caring, but tends to be a little anxious and at the moment I'm quite worried about him.
In the school holidays, MIL minded DS and 4 yr old DD and apparently they played hide and seek. DD hid under the covers on one of the spare beds. DS looked in the bedroom but didn't see her. He then got into a panic that his sister had got out of the house and gone missing. Apparently he was pretty hysterical and made my MIL drive around the block looking for her. All the while they're doing this, DD is still under the covers hiding They discovered her about 30 mins later and all was fine.
Anyway, since then DS has to know where his sister is at all times. At bedtime he checks on her 2 or 3 times to make sure she's in her bed. This morning I found him sleeping in her bed and he tells me he does this often 'to make sure she's safe'. Apparently he sets the alarm on his ipod so he can go back to his bed before I wake up! He asks me to check that the doors are locked so no one can come in and take her. I've said to him that it's lovely that he cares so much about his sister, but it's not his job to worry, that that's for mum and dad to do etc etc. He says he just can't get the worries out of his head. MIL minds DD each Friday and he wanted to have the day off school last week to make sure DD was ok
I'm just not sure what I should do in this situation. I can see he's in a bit of a torment and it's worrying me. Has anyone else been in a similar situation? I don't know if I should ride it out and see if he settles down a bit, or speak to a GP about getting a referal. In all other respects, he's a normal, happy almost 9 year old boy that I've got no other concerns about, apart from this!
Any advice/suggestions will be much appreciated!