I am a single mom to a 7 yo son. He didn't start sleeping with me until he was about 3 when we moved into our own house. We both really enjoyed it. My mom gave me a lot of grief about it, so for a while I really pushed for him to be in his own bed. After fighting for about 6 months with him over it, I decided that if he wanted to sleep with me, he could. I told my mom to back off - it was my decision.
So, now that he's 7, my mom is starting to hint that he is too old to be sleeping in my bed. My ped asked at his last appt about where he sleeps (not sure how it came up), and I was dumb enough to say "in my bed with me". Got a little bit of a lecture about how important it is for a child to learn to sleep in their own bed, he would sleep better, etc. Occasionally, the subject will come up with friends, and people are really shocked to know that he still sleeps with me.
Is it inappropriate for a boy to be sleeping with his mom at his age? I assume as he gets older, he will want privacy and will naturally want to sleep in his own bed. I know I am totally comfortable with it right now.
I guess the question is whether I'm providing him support to know that I am always there (thereby making him a more confident and self-assured child), or if I'm teaching him to be too dependent on me.
Anyone else have an older child sleeping with them? Any thoughts?
PS - Please be honest - If most people say its time to quit, I like to hear that too. None of my friends kids sleep with them, so they have no advice.