Monday, 12 December 2011
My 2.5 year old is afraid of a monkey that she claims is in our house. We don't have any scary monkey statues or stuffed animals, and to the best of my knowledge she hasn't watched any scary monkey movies lately. Of course there have been a lot Planet of the Apes commercials on TV recently, so her dad and I think that might have been the scary monkey but we aren't sure.
I've asked her if the monkey was in her bedroom, the living room, the kitchen, and every other room in the house and she tells me no but the only room she feels safe in is my bedroom and only if the bedroom door is shut. She says she can't tell me where it is and says that it is not in the TV.
Her fear popped up out of no where after spending the weekend with her dad at his house. If the bedroom door is not closed she is hysterically crying and hiding underneath my covers, and last night she hid under there so long she was literally drenched in sweat. I thought the problem would dissipate in the daylight, but now it's 11 am and we are still locked away in my bedroom. She is terrified to leave my room and terrified for me to leave my room. If I step out of the room for any reason, she hides under the covers again and asks me to shut the door behind me and tells me to watch out for the monkey.
She is very clingy and scared, and although she has been afraid of things before I have never seen her like this. I'm both concerned and confused. I can't seem to talk her out of it, I don't know what's triggered it, I can't get her to tell me where it is, I can't get her to believe that I sent it away.