During our rocky relationship, my wife sometimes chooses to sleep with the kids so she doesn't feel so alone. This has grown into quite a habit. My children seem to be developing normally, but I fear this may cause damage further in life because they want to sleep with her every night. My children are ages 3, 5, and 10. What's the best way to help them?
This practice needs to stop immediately. Your wife shouldn't seek refuge from your marital problems by inviting your kids to sleep with and comfort her. Your children have learned to manipulate your wife's vulnerability so that they now want her to sleep with them all the time. Your wife is also making them "parent" her when she's lonely. They should never be placed in this role.
Surely your 10-year-old knows that the reason her mom sleeps with her and her siblings is due to your marital problems. My guess is that the 5-year-old has come to some understanding of this, as well. You and your wife are upsetting your kids and scaring them as a result of your unhealthy relationship with one another. Please see a therapist with your wife to help you both deal with your marriage and stop involving your kids indirectly in these problems. They deserve better.
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