I have a child who is 8 1/2. She is my worry wart/scaredy pants---just like me :smilewinkgrin: The problem is, she's not sleeping, which means that we ALL aren't sleeping. She worries about intruders. She worries about war and thinks about fatherless children. She thinks about eternity. She worries about snakes and mice in the house. She thinks/worries about this girl we saw in the city who was huffing and wearing panty hose on her face. This child was literally afraid of her own shadow when she was 2 and would shake/scream with fear. She eventually made friends with it, but she still has so many other fears. To help her, I set up a reading area in the corner by her bed where she can sit and read her books before falling asleep. I also bought a good night light. In addition, I turn on soft music to help her fall asleep. If she falls asleep before the other children she does fine. But if she is the last to fall asleep, she lays there in her irrational thoughts and fear grips her. She also sleep walks on occasion. She really causes a stir in the house if she has to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. She tries to wake one of her sisters to go with her. Sometimes that works. Other times they tell her to leave them alone and go by herself. But she refuses to go by herself, so she will SCREAM until someone wakes up and takes her to the bathroom. This wakes up the whole house and leaves us all feeling...well...grumpy. Have any of you been through this with your children? What worked to help them? We need some sleep! Thanks.