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I recently became the step mother of a wonderful six-year-old girl. She's generally well behaved, but suddenly she's been having trouble at bed time with being left alone in her room. It's not the things she usually does if she wants to push her bed time back- she's crying so hard she can't breath, refusing to let go of me, saying she wants me to be there with her/she's scared. The second time it happened her dad stayed with her until she fell asleep (around midnight), but he works a lot of doubles so I end up being home alone with her and I just don't know what to do. I'm afraid of not giving her a safe enough environment to sooth her AND creating bad habits we'll have problems. And it's not just at bedtime. The other day we were on a road trip and she refused to let me take a nap in the car because she "liked when I talked to her". She could be busy with anything, and if I tell her that I'm going to go lay down for a nap (I'm pregnant) she drops what she's doing and insists she wants to come snuggle with me. It's not that I don't like her being around, I'm just really concerned that this behavior seemingly came out of no where. Any advice would be appreciated.