I am not a parent myself, but I have been responsible for a big part in the rising of my sister.
We have an age gap of 13 years, which creates a fun but complicated relationship between us.
She knows that I am not her dad, and that I am her brother, but she listens when I tell her to do something and we are best friends.
Since a couple of weeks, I am less at home. I’m going back to school while having a full-time job.
This causes me to only sleep at home for 2 nights every week.
Since last week, my mom told me that she is having nightmares.
As I am her best friend, she came to me last night, while silently crying, saying she had a nightmare about skeletons and mummies.
I know this is absurd, but I also know that a kid’s imagination is far more powerful than mine.
That’s why I tried to listen to what happened in her dream, I asked why she was afraid of them, and if there was anything I could do for her.
After she stopped crying, I said that she was getting cold (my window is open when I’m working late). I asked her if she wanted to go to bed again, and refilled her water bottle.
I stayed with her until she fell asleep, and then went on to my room again to work some more.
My question is: did I handle this correctly? This is the first time she actually came to me in the night. I am not sure if there is more to the story than her just having a bad dream?