Ask Dr. Ada: Co-Sleeping Toddler

Co-Sleeping ToddlerDear Dr. Ada:

My 4-year-old son wants to sleep with me, bugging me night after night, and saying that he will marry me.

Do I need to worry?


There is nothing to worry about this early childhood boyish wish; it is quite common.

Hug your son and gently tell him that you love him but you also love his father, for a longer time than him (from before he was even born) and that’s why you have married him, and why you sleep with him. Explain to your son firmly that sons cannot marry their mothers and that in any case, once he becomes an adult he will find the right bride to marry and sleep with her.

You can learn more about the importance of the mother-child relationship in my book, The Drama of the Mother-Child Bond: What Every Woman Should Know about Motherhood, Career and Children available on Amazon.

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