Okay, i've been struggling with this for a few weeks now, and finally figured maybe yall can help me feel less bad about this, or give me tips to avoid this in the future... my DD doesn't like to sleep in her own bed. Never has. However as she is getting too big to share the bed with us, and we don't have the money or room for a king size bed... I am starting to insist on her sleeping in her own. the trouble is, she has a.. to call it just a fear would seem an understatement. She really worries about monsters. I've spent HOURS with her answering her questions, trying to explain that what she fears doesn't exsist in real life.... it doesn't work. I've tried to get her to watch monster's inc clips, to show that monster's are scared of children... she won't watch it (which i almost think is a good thing in hind sight. )... finally at my wits end one night after hearing DD state her fear of monsters for the 50th time in less than 20 min.. I broke down on my telling it to her straight routine and explained to her why our cat stays awake all night, how monsters are allergic and scared of cats and Diablo (our cat) sleeps all day because she is awake all night making sure monsters could NEVER come into our house. It seemed to work, and she went to sleep shortly after that. Now, I feel horrible because I am stuck reinforcing a lie every night. Anyone else have an issue like this were you feel like you took the 'easy' way out, and don't know how to get back to the honest truth without making things worse? I mean, yes she is 5, yes she would be scared of imaginary things anyway, but is the solution really to add more imaginary things/ideas? and how do I handle years down the line 'correcting' this? if/when she says to some kid in her class about how her cats keep the monsters away, and the other kid laughs because there is no such thing as monsters? Has anyone else lied to your kid to just, stop the perseverance? so you could move on? If not, how did you end the perseverance? now that I am done laying out the family laundry... any tips? suggestions? 'you are not alone's'? that last one would go a LONG way right now.