Sometimes, raising kids can feel like an online game. At times it is easy, and everything seems to be going your way. Then, all of a sudden—BAM! You start to lose everything you’ve won. Many times as our children grow, they regress to different points. For example, when you are potty training, you may find that you are making amazing progress. Your child is going to the bathroom on the potty all day, and doing great. Then, all of a sudden, one day they start having accidents again. This feels like a losing hand that you bet it all on. Don’t get discouraged, though. This is a common problem; almost all parents have to deal with it. Just keep working on the potty training, and eventually it will stick.
Sleeping through the night and dealing with the dark are two other areas that can feel like a winning situation, then all of a sudden you find out you are losing. Most kids will sleep through the night just fine once they reach a certain age. There will generally be periods through their development, though, that they decide that they would rather wake up.
Dealing with the dark is the same thing. For the longest time, your child may be fine with the dark, and then one day they tell you that they are afraid of the dark again. This can be a frustrating situation to deal with as a parent, and you may even need to resort to something like a night light for a while. These things are all normal, and though they may be stressful, you will soon find yourself “winning” again in the struggles of parenthood. Don’t give up, and remember to tell yourself that it is just a phase. Your child will get past the hurdles.