I hope you don't mind my asking, but your post caused me to question my own 7 yr old daughter.
At the age of 7 and 8 kids are more able to realize the world around them, if that makes sense. Everything clicks and I hate to say it but they lose a bit of that innocence of not realize what the word around them is really like. For example they understand death, their own emotions-feelings of rejection, pain from being teased, not feeling excepted etc. As for the sister breathing she may just be having issues with like you said thinking, my gram used to call it the brain not turning off for the night. When I was a kid I remember not being able to sleep at my friends houses in case something happened to my parents while I was away KWIM? My 8 year old began to have "issues" last year. We sat down and talked, she worried about heaven, hell, death, loss and we worked through these things. I told her the age old advice of if you spend your life worrying life isn't going to be much fun. The best advice I can give you is to ask her whats on her mind, what she is thinking about. Then you must be able to answer the questions honestly but sensitivly. HTH
thank you for your insight.
Hi, I saw your post about getting your kids to sleep in their own beds.