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    My 8 year old daughter stays with her father one or two nights a week. She’s been struggling to sleep in her own bed recently so has regularly climbed into mine during the night (we’re working through the sleep issues/anxiety with some therapy sessions) She has a pull out bed at her dads and has to share with a room her two older brothers (not ideal, I’m hoping they’ll start staying over different nights soon) She told me that she’s been sharing her dads bed for the last few stays. I’m really not happy about this. She’s a fairly young 8 but I don’t want him setting this as a precedent. I also don’t think it’s suitable – it’s different that she shares with me sometimes, am I wrong thinking that? I’ve spoken to him about it but he doesn’t seem to think there’s a problem.

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    I don’t think it’s fair that you can share your bed with her and help with the sleep and anxiety  issues….but dad can’t. He’s probably doing the same as you and just trying to help his daughter.
    if he spent 3 hours with her upset, telling her she has to stay in her own bed, I’m sure you’d be more annoyed

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    I don’t know if this would be an option or not, but maybe you could suggest him lying with her in her own bed until she falls asleep and then he goes into his bed. That way if she is anxious he’s there until she falls asleep, but wouldn’t be sharing a bed for the night.

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