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Preschoolers & Kindergartners What a fun time in life! Time to learn 123's and ABC's. At the same time, they're leaving that babyhood we'll miss so much!

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Old 10-13-2002, 04:16 PM
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Don't be too hard on yourself about this. If we had crystal balls, we could predict what effects our actions would have on our kids, and we could all be Perfect Mommies all the time. We would never make any flubbs or blunders. But in the real world of motherhood there is a pretty big club of us that happens to land an "oops" from time-to-time. It would seem that the timing of your "stranger talk" was one of your "oops-es"

But you also have to remember- this is the age when kids normally have fears about seperation. Pre-school sparks a lot of anxiety all by itself. I remember my daughters both had these fears and nightmares starting at this age too.

I think if you reassure her she is safe with you, her dad and her teachers, and safer now, because she knows the rules and is "armed" with this information...she's sure to get over her fears quickly enough.

Just don't let her see you being too stressed out about it. If she sees that you're not worried about her, she'll eventually relax.

I also think that if she feels safer sleeping in the living room, let her sleep in the living room. She will start to miss the comforts of her bed and the surroundings of her room soon enough.

My younger daughter slept in the living room for about a month when she was five. It made her happy and we all got good sleep.
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Old 10-13-2002, 04:45 PM
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Thanks for the reassurance

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Old 10-17-2002, 06:46 PM
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Please be carfull on how you teach your kids about not talking to stanger. I agree you should put some scare into them but not to much. I have a five year old niece who is really scared of strangers. In fact she is so scared that when she lost her first tooth a month ago, she took her tooth and ran out of the room screaming asking her parents not to let the toothfairy come in the house after they told her about putting her tooth under her pillow and the toothfairy. She asked them to lock all doors and windows. To her the toothfairy is a stranger. She does the same thing when it come's to santa. She will ask her parent's to lock the doors and windows on christman eve. I think this is sad when a child is this scared. By the way no one has ever fond the tooth. She figure's if no one find's it, then the toothfairy won't come.
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