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Boomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 09:53 PM
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23. When does co-sleeping become emotional dysfunction?
Reason I ask is that our next-door neighbor's son still sleeps in his parent's bedroom and he's 12 years old. Within the last few years he's "graduated" from actually sleeping in bed with them all the time to now sneaking into their room at night and sleeping on the floor. Their half-hearted attempts to get him to sleep in his own room have only partially succeeded.

His father isn't crazy about this situation, but he defers to his wife, who doesn't seem to mind. But it strikes me as highly inappropriate behavior and rather disturbing that this child doesn't naturally seek out more independence. If a fledgling doesn't leave the nest, the parents need to nudge harder.
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