Hi there. I've been lurking here for a while. I have a (almost) 9 year old SD. We had every other week custody, but she's coming to live with us full time this week (!) as her mom is going overseas.
I need your advice. She is always afraid to go to bed. She sleeps with her mom still when she's at their house.
I understand that it's an adjustment and she's the only bedroom on the second floor of our house. During her month with us this summer, we tried a lot of different things - tons of nightlights, stories, special dolls, etc. I'm now looking into maybe a meditation type CD. We try to shut off all electronics an hour before bed. We've even let her read in bed until she falls asleep. It usually degenerates into her screaming and throwing a tantrum. We can't keep this up during the school year. Once she's asleep, she stays asleep.