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Old 08-21-2008, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Manchester, NH
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My 6.5 year old has always been a very easy going child who has never had any problems sleeping over and staying at friends or families houses for a night or two. This is a child who at the age of 2.5 months started staying over family members homes, etc...............never, EVER, has there been any problems. He always has so much fun he runs off without even saying goodbye and almost forgets we exist, I think...until recently. All of a sudden, he no longer wants to sleep over people's houses--because he misses us too much, and sometimes, if he even goes over his friends house for the day, he gets upset when I leave. I am thinking this is just a developmental phase...and possibly some anxiety about starting 1st grade in a new school in about two weeks. Has anyone else ever experienced this? And, yes, I work in the child protection field and I have already thought about him experiencing some sort of trauma, but I have pretty much ruled that possibility out. Any thoughts?
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Old 08-21-2008, 02:48 PM
 
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I think as they get older they go through this. School is a big thing and major changes are coming. If it's happening over the summer - it could be because his schedule is all our of wack - kids get used to the school year and then summer can really throw them for a loop!
I'll bet it gets better in a few weeks
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Old 08-21-2008, 03:00 PM
 
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My 6.5 year old has always been a very easy going child who has never had any problems sleeping over and staying at friends or families houses for a night or two. This is a child who at the age of 2.5 months started staying over family members homes, etc...............never, EVER, has there been any problems. He always has so much fun he runs off without even saying goodbye and almost forgets we exist, I think...until recently. All of a sudden, he no longer wants to sleep over people's houses--because he misses us too much, and sometimes, if he even goes over his friends house for the day, he gets upset when I leave. I am thinking this is just a developmental phase...and possibly some anxiety about starting 1st grade in a new school in about two weeks. Has anyone else ever experienced this? And, yes, I work in the child protection field and I have already thought about him experiencing some sort of trauma, but I have pretty much ruled that possibility out. Any thoughts?
There could be a ton of reasons..

Let's see.....

New school.

First grade.

Bingo.

Completely normal.

Maybe talk to him & reassure him over the fears he may be having. Sounds like he needs mommy & daddy to let him know it is going to be ok.

He's 6 & still needs this reassurance from his parents.

Heck, I'm in my mid30s & still need at times some reassurance from my mom & dad when starting new things!
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