Anxiety runs very thick in our family genes -both sides - my son the past 2 days is waking in the middle of the night talking about "why weren't you there for me mommy, please don't let me go - I was in a big green jeep and we were going really fast, why weren't you there" then last night he woke up saying Don't leave mommy, please don't leave.. I am not an abscent mother by any means, if anything, besides working, I am with him all the time. I reassure him that Mommy is always here.. its ok .. we hug and he just clings to me.. its freaking me out though - my biggest fear is already him being kidnapped ( I know not likely or anything but.. still too many lifetime movies maybe ) I don't think I am giving him these fears though as this is a pretty recent fear he's having.. Do all kids have these feelings? why would he be having them?
Answer by Kre10 at 10:05 AM on Sep. 14, 2010
Answer by SabrenaLeigh at 9:42 AM on Sep. 14, 2010
For all of time and still in most places human toddlers breastfeed and sleep with their mother until they are 2-3 or older. When the child wakes if he isn't with his mother he crys out so he is protected. It's hardwired in the brain for children to sleep with and be protected by their mother. It's been such a short time in evolutionary terms that some modern cultures mother's don't sleep with their toddlers that we don't know all of the short and long term consequences.
Answer by Gailll at 10:28 AM on Sep. 14, 2010
It could just be nightmares. My oldest started having them about that age...hers were always about turtles or birds. One of the twins has had this happen once so far too. Unless it doesn't go away or gets worse then I think it's probably normal.
Answer by TweenAndTwinMom at 1:50 PM on Sep. 14, 2010