Our expert says:
Check the archives of this forum, as we've discussed this particular problem many times previously --- and also post this query on the Parenting forum, to hear from more other parents who have faced something similar. If a 5 year-old isn't already sleeping alone, then something has been going not quite right for rather a long time. A central problem, from the sound of it, is that you and your husband are singing from different hymn sheets. All children are manipulative, especially when encouraged. Its easy to ensure that it is impossible for her to divide and rule, or to pla you off against each other. There needs to be a shared code of conduct for her, with defined penalties for not keeping to the rules and advantages for keeping to them. The situation has probably become rather complex by now --- best if the pair o you see a good local child psychologist to sort out your new system ( as the problems are far more than simply where she sleeps ) and to help you implement it.
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