As a s/o to the post right below about separating, we've been dealing with a new anxiety at bedtime. DS1 (3) has always had a hard time going to bed, but the past few nights, he's waking up multiple times, screaming "See Mommy!" or "See Daddy!" over and over until he is hysterical. The other night I went to comfort him, and tried to give him water, give him a hug, and tuck him back in, but he worked himself back up into hysterics when I tried to leave again. I ended up laying with him until he fell asleep, and then went back into my room. Last night, same thing happened with DH trying this time, and he ended up falling asleep in bed with DS, who then woke up even more to try and play, etc. I also don't want sleeping in bed to become a habit. I don't want to go the CIO route is possible. Any ideas on leaving the room without him being hysterical, but so we can all get some sleep?