Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Under a Chimpocracy
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IME, attached children do not leave the parents bed and roam much. They trust mom or dad enough to allow them to wake her/him up and take care of them.
I have had friends who were not ap'ing whose children would open the front door in the early mornings and be found down the street by a neighbor, at age 3!
Who would wander off in a store and be found behind the cash register counter in a cubbyhole, not answering mom's calls.
These are the same kids who were trained to obey the instant mom or dad called, to drop everything immediately and leave the instant Mom was ready to go or Dad whisted. When they could get away with asserting their independence, they would, often in unsafe ways.
These are the types who move across country the second they turn 18.
We tried to transition my ds to his own room when he was 5. we were in a new house, his bedroom door was directly across the hall from ours. The girls bedrooms were upstairs, ours were down.
Well, right about then, he started sleep-walking (actually he would sleep run!). Even tho our doors were so close, I would not always sense him getting up to roam. I think he was trying to find the bathroom half asleep but would be disoriented. One time my dd found him at the top of the stairs, about to step off into space, asleep! She saved him and he was back in our bed from then on.