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how to get my 8 year old to sleep on his own

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I have an 8 year old boy, and i was single up until recently but just live with my son. So my little boy has slept next to me practically all his life, but now we have moved into a new home and i want to be able to tell him its bed time and i read him a book and leave. But I cant do that he wants me to stay next to him in bed until he falls asleep, but for his age i shouldnt have to do that anymore. How do i get him to know that after i read him a book he needs to sleep on his own without me having the guilty feeling..any ideas?

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I  would lay with the child untill hefalls asleep then sneek away 
I am having the same problem with my 7 year old daughter. She has never really slept in her own bed and we have been trying to get her to sleep alone for years now. I have to say its going to be a long battle for both of us. I think emmy is right, the best way is to lay in their with your child until her/she falls asleep.
first of all, you have created this problem. why in the world would you allow him to sleep with you for all these years? he's 8! what's so hard about setting limits? put him in the bed, and tell him he has to sleep alone. done deal. he needs to get over it. the worst thing you can do is to continue to allow him to sleep with you. that's a bit innapropriate for an 8 year old boy to sleep with his mommy in the bed. i'm sure if the other kids at school knew about this, he would be teased relentlessly.

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