Controversy over cosleeping is a relatively modern phenomenon. Parents sharing the bed with their kids is actually really common but yet we hardly ever talk about it. Until fairly recently in history, cosleeping was practically essential. How else were families going to sleep warm and cozy before modern heating? So no, cosleeping is not detrimental to a child’s development. Humans have been doing it for millennia!
How should you do it and when should you stop? There’s a lot to discuss and we don’t sleep on the topic in this Tips on Teens:
“I saw online this week that Alicia Silverstone was getting flak for letting her 11 year old son sleep in the same bed as her. I don’t really see why she should be shamed for this. My daughter would still sleep with us sometimes almost until she went to college. I think it’s perfectly normal and healthy, and it really annoys me how judgemental people are! Do you think letting your child sleep with you is detrimental somehow to their development? Is there a ‘developmentally appropriate’ age when you think it’s no longer a good idea?”
Clinical Director Kent Toussaint answers your parenting questions every Wednesday at 12:00pm in our weekly segment Tips On Teens on Facebook Live. Have questions about parenting kids and teens? Send them to: TipsOnTeens@TeenTherapyCenter.com. We love to hear from you!
Head on over to our Facebook page every Wednesday at 12:00pm to watch LIVE! Check out our page here – https://www.facebook.com/TeenTherapyCenter/
If you have more questions or would like more information, please contact our Clinical Director, Kent Toussaint at 818.697.8555.