My youngest daughter, 4-year-old Anna, has been potty trained since she was 2. Long before she was 3 she stopped wetting the bed at night and would get up on her own to go to the bathroom. Sometimes when she was smaller I could hear her struggling in the middle of the night to use her stool to get on the toilet or get her clothes down, and I would run to help her.
Now fast forward about two years later. Instead of going right to the bathroom on her own then getting back into her bed she has taken to coming to wake me up to go with her to the bathroom. Mind you she has to walk past her bathroom to get to my bedroom. After quite a few nights of lost sleep (I also have my own sleep issues) I became rather annoyed. So each night she’d get the “if you have to use the bathroom, get up, go to your bathroom then go get back into your bed.”
Sometimes that worked and sometimes it didn’t.
Finally after much prodding I asked her why she doesn’t want to go into her bathroom. She said she is scared. I ask why is she scared all of a sudden. I got a week of “I don’t know” as the answer. Then I asked, “What about the bathroom makes you scared?”
“There’s a monster in the shower.”
Of course I explained that there isn’t a monster in the shower and it’s just the same as it has always been. But, to help to alleviate the situation, I have put my OCD on hold and pushed back the shower curtain so she can see that there’s nothing in there each time she goes in at night.
Now, I don’t know where the monster came from, but I’m sure it has something to do with the kids walking around scaring each other every time they’re in the bathroom. The three monsters created their own monster making the littlest monster haunt me at night.
So far I’ve had one kid-free night. Wish me luck as I hit the hay tonight.
How do you get rid of the monsters in your house?