Helping Your Child Sleep Alone or Away from Home

Many anxious children and teens feel a sense of security by sleeping close to their parents. Children and teens with separation anxiety may plead, beg, or have a tantrum to sleep in your bed. This can cause problems, not only for your child, but also for you. When anxious children and teens sleep in their parents’ bed, they are not facing their fears, and will continue to be afraid of sleeping alone. The child does not learn how to calm themselves down, and they do not see that everything will be okay.

 

Many parents or caregivers are unsure of how to help their child feel more secure sleeping alone. Download this helpful resource to help you and your child work through anxiety related to sleeping alone.