Blankeys and Stuffys

Oh, the comforting smell and feel of a beloved blankey or stuffy! No wonder children call them “loveys.” And no wonder teachers are seeing a lot of them, especially now at the beginning of the year.

To us, those objects might look worn and bedraggled, but just think how powerful they are for children. They can calm a crying child, provide comfort when a parent leaves, and settle a child at bedtime. It’s as if the loving touch and scent of a parent are sewn into the very fabric of a blankey or stuffy, so holding it is like getting a hug from mom or dad even when they aren’t there. When you think about it from a child’s perspective, “loveys” seem to be a physical representation of the comfort and safety of the loved parents.

 

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