Our expert says:
Clingy may just be a natural response to the nightmares. If you have a good bond and chatting with him reveals nothing really bothering him at present, that's probably accurate. Nightmares can be related to exposure to frightening films and TV, stories told by other kids, even news items. Getting too alarmed by his nightmares, and enquiring too energetically, may be more disturbing, rather than less. Make it clear to him that you'd always like him to talk to you about ANYTHING that is concerning him, at school, in life in general, or things he reads, sees or hears, is a good safeguard, to encourage him to approach you if any such disturbance arises.
Meanwhile, provide for a nice cooling-off, unwinding period before he goes to bed, maybe reading calming and amusing rather than very dramatic stories, a warm milky drink, and loads of re-assurance.
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