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An_256839 posted:
My soon to be 10 year old son will not sleep in his own bed and most of the time dont like to go upstairs on his own . He like to carry a teddy when we go out and he get upset very easy. he seems to be more a 7 year old what im i to do as not sure this is norm or not
atti_editor responded:

Here are some developmental milestones for children ages 6-10 and then milestones specific to 10-year-olds . Does your son seem to be meeting a number of these milestones? Keep in mind that every child grows and develops at his/her own pace, so if he is excelling in some areas but is behind in others it may not be cause for concern.

Have you had a chance to speak with him about why he does not want to sleep in his bed or go upstairs by himself? It could be that he is afraid in which case you may be able to come up with a solution together (e.g. if he is scared of the dark a night light could provide some reassurance). If you are worried about him developmentally, you might voice your concerns to his pediatrician and see what he/she recommends. His school guidance counselor may also be able to give you some insight. Please let us know how he is doing!

Best wishes,

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