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my son who is now 8 and is adhd, still sleeps with me, the mother. we now have a baby on the way and we need to change our bed time arrangments. he does not take to change well, and is not giving in to his fears of sleeping alone. we have tried everything except whipping him, i'm affraid that will make this more tramadic than it already is. what eles is there to do? the baby will be here in oct. help!    jana
he is not always showing the signs of adhd, he seems to turn them off,if that makes sence, when it benifits his needs. being spoilt plays a bigger role than the medical condition.. in my option.
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Parenting
Expert:  Michelle Mix replied 11 years ago.
 It is a difficult task that the majority of parents face all the time; even if your child doesnt have a handicap. All of my children have went through that. I just recently have been able to get my 6 year old son to sleep not in my bed. First is patience. This can take a few weeks to achieve. I got my son excited about those tent play houses; I took him to the store and showed him different types, he loved the one that is shaped like a firetruck; (they are the pop up type). Then got him excited about a sleeping bag (a childs size sleeping bag fits perfect in one of those). I bought the pop up tent, and the sleeping bag and put it beside my bed and had him sleep in it, for fun. Then i slowly moved it further from my bed, explaining that i didnt want to trip ect. Now its in his room, and he still sleeps in it, but it isnt in my room and he will eventually get up into his bed. If your child already has a tent like that, so to get him excited, get a new one.  That should help you! Good Luck.

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