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How can I make my son sleep in a separate room?

Q: My 13-year-old son is a student of class 8th. He is not ready to sleep in a separate room. Even in the same room, he is not ready to sleep with any one other than his mother. If we force him, he starts weeping. He is very introvert and has several fears like he cannot see blood, serials etc. He is afraid of insects as well. What should we do?

A:It is certainly not desirable for a 13 year old to insist on sleeping with his mother. You must try to identify reasons for his fears and anxieties. Instead of scolding or criticizing him, try to make him take small steps towards independence. Reward even his small efforts towards confidence. It would be advisable to consult a psychologist or counsellor to assess the extent of his problems and suggest interventions.

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