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Advice from a young correspondent on sleep and fears
This issue marks the beginning of a new feature: writings from young people about themselves, about parents, and about parenting.

Dear Larry,
I've got an idea for your newsletter already. Here's my idea. It's about how parents can get their child to go to sleep if their child has trouble to go to sleep. Here are some of the reasons that kids might have trouble falling asleep. They might be afraid of different kinds of stuff like for an example if they know about dying maybe. They might be afraid of dinosaurs running into their rooms to get them. That happens to me sometimes. Half of me says 'no that's impossible' and half of me says it is possible, and that's just crazy! That's what bothers me because I know it can't happen but the other half just keeps on saying 'yes it is possible' and if I could tell it to stop I would say 'It can't happen, it is impossible!' and I would give the other half the right to win because the other half keeps fighting that. I really don't like that. Some ideas that have helped me are to think of things that make me happy or that I'm excited about like going to the beach, getting a dog, going camping to my favorite place, doing something that I'm excited to do or excited that's going to happen. Also, sometimes I read a book with my flashlight to distract myself to think about other things. When that doesn't work, I usually call my Mom or Dad to come in and cuddle with me and say some ideas that I might like to make me feel happier or feel better. Also, I know that my Mom will come in every night to check on me and that helps me to fall asleep. Sometimes I'm awake when she comes in to check on me but most of the times I'm already asleep.

Rafi, aged 7
 

Larry Cohen
phone: 617-713-0568

email: larjack@playfulparenting.com

 
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email: larjack@playfulparenting.com