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Why is my child afraid to spend the night away from home?

12 answers
2 years ago
My child won't spend the night anywhere and makes himself sick to his stomach thinking about it to where he literally throws up. How can I get him over this fear? His is 11 years old and has missed out on birthday party sleepovers, 4-H camp, and has outdoor school this year in school and I'm afraid he is going to miss out on it too. Help!

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2 years ago
He may suffer from a condition or phobia (off hand I can't think of the name). Sit him down and see if he will open up to you about why he has this fear. Otherwise there is always councelling.
2 years ago
Take him to a therapist, that way you can find out if he has a condition or just mental fears.
2 years ago
Sometimes it is a fear or attachment to the parents. My niece was like that, she was scared something was going to happen to her mom and would not spend the night away. She would not even stay over with family and if her parents went out she would have a hard time with that.  At 11 your son should be able to talk to you a bit about what he is feeling. Tell him you are not going to judge and just want to help. Maybe you can figure out what it is and maybe work up a plan to make it easier. What my sister did was my niece had a girl scout camp and she went and stayed there until she had to go to sleep. Then she came back first thing in the morning. This helped my niece get into it a little slowly. And I do not know if this is good or bad but she got her a gift for making it through the night. Some incentive.  My niece is going to be 18 now and she has no issues anymore with being away.
2 years ago
Hi my name is Summer and I am 11 years old and I am terrifyed of spending the night anywhere apart from home unless my mother is with me. I am so embarrest to talk to any one about it. PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME! My family is to poor to get a theripist. I make myself throw up just to come home! Once I spent the night alone at a summer camp for a whole week when I was seven but I still just cant.
2 years ago
Hi my name is Summer and I am 11 years old and I am terrifyed of spending the night anywhere apart from home unless my mother is with me. I am so embarrest to talk to any one about it. PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME! My family is to poor to get a theripist. I make myself throw up just to come home! Once I spent the night alone at a summer camp for a whole week when I was seven but I still just cant.
2 years ago
Hi my name is Summer and I am 11 years old and I am terrifyed of spending the night anywhere apart from home unless my mother is with me. I am so embarrest to talk to any one about it. PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME! My family is to poor to get a theripist. I make myself throw up just to come home! Once I spent the night alone at a summer camp for a whole week when I was seven but I still just cant.
2 years ago
Hi my name is Summer and I am 11 years old and I am terrifyed of spending the night anywhere apart from home unless my mother is with me. I am so embarrest to talk to any one about it. PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME! My family is to poor to get a theripist. I make myself throw up just to come home! Once I spent the night alone at a summer camp for a whole week when I was seven but I still just cant.
2 years ago
Hi my name is Summer and I am 11 years old and I am terrifyed of spending the night anywhere apart from home unless my mother is with me. I am so embarrest to talk to any one about it. PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME! My family is to poor to get a theripist. I make myself throw up just to come home! Once I spent the night alone at a summer camp for a whole week when I was seven but I still just cant.
2 years ago
Hi my name is Summer and I am 11 years old and I am terrifyed of spending the night anywhere apart from home unless my mother is with me. I am so embarrest to talk to any one about it. PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME! My family is to poor to get a theripist. I make myself throw up just to come home! Once I spent the night alone at a summer camp for a whole week when I was seven but I still just cant.
2 years ago
Hi my name is Summer and I am 11 years old and I am terrifyed of spending the night anywhere apart from home unless my mother is with me. I am so embarrest to talk to any one about it. PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME! My family is to poor to get a theripist. I make myself throw up just to come home! Once I spent the night alone at a summer camp for a whole week when I was seven but I still just cant.

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