Ricki has a problem. And it is fast becoming one for me as well. She does not like to go to sleep unless she is sure that I am at home, and will stay there as well.
Now often I am on the computer (which is in her room) around her bedtime, which suits her fine. And amazingly, on shabbas (Friday evening-Saturday), when she knows that I will not be using the computer, yet I AM home, she does fine. But if I go out in the evening, 95% of the time I will find her wide awake on my return, even if the hour is late.
In an effort to break this bad habit, I have tried lately to do my computer work earlier, and work around the house when she is to fall asleep. But so far that has only led to incessant questioning:
When are you going to sleep?
What are you going to do now?
When will you go to sleep?
Time will tell if the new earlier computing time will help. Although obviously the big problem is her lack of calm if I go out. I think I need to again invest in a flashlight for her to keep in bed to frighten off the dark spirits......