Posted by: colette | 2005/07/21


House invasion / effect on child

A couple of weeks ago we had an attempted burglary at our house at 3am in the morning. Although we intercepted the burglars and chased them away, the entire incident was very traumatic for my 4 year old boy - the burglars were right outside his bedroom window, and shots were fired, so he woke up with one heck of a fright.
Understandably, he's now unwilling to sleep in his own bed, or even to play in his room alone - mom or dad have to be present, and he's now sleeping between us in our bed!
Each time I suggest he plays in his room, or suggest that he sleeps in his own bed, he becomes hysterical.
Any suggestions on how to handle the situation and move him back into his own space (and bed!)??
I'm desperate! (PS have tried the star chart route and out-and-out bribery - neither have worked).

Expert's Reply



He has a form of post-traumatic stress and night terrors. He will certainly not respond to simple measures such as a star chart. He needs to see a sympathtic child psychologist.

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Posted by: Belinda | 2005/07/21

Hi Colette

I don't think that this is something that you can fix by yourself, and I don't think you should wait and see if he gets over it. I would get him to therapy as soon as possible. The sooner you start working on it the better for him.

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