Your stuffed animals have been at your side, like trusted best friends for years. Everywhere you go they go, too. When you’re feeling down, your favorite plush animals are always there to lift you back up. Now, suddenly, you’re on the cusp of the teen age. Those once coveted animals seem like kid-stuff now, but you can’t seem to shake the feeling that its okay to still confide in your stuffed friends and hold them very dearly. So, what’s a tween to do?
If you’re like most tweens, you understand it’s okay to have a confidant. A stuffed animal can be a source of comfort because it never talks back, doesn’t give bad advice and is always willing to lend an ear.
Marin, a 6 year old New Yorker with a host of stuffed animals said, “If (tweens) still want to keep their baby stuffed animals, they can, so they can look at them when they are older.” Her cousin Alina, 13, brings a favorite stuffed animal when she has sleepovers with friends. In her bedroom she still keeps a few favorite stuffed animals out.
There are even a great number of adults that either sleep with, or travel with a stuffable animal. They believe that the stuffy provides comfort, or in the case of traveling, reminds them of home and family.
Some tweens said it’s okay to be a teenager with a few stuffed animals; that there is something to be said for enjoying the friendship a little longer. But they warn about going overboard. Many believe that a few are okay, but once you reach the latter teenage years it’s time to calm down. They admit that stuffed animals are adorable, trustworthy and special because they are staples from childhood. But once you reach the border of teen and adult, it’s probably time to shelve the stuffed animals, save one or two.
Tweens are encouraging other tweens to grow up at their own pace. Perhaps that’s a good lesson for everyone. Take the time to appreciate the things you have, including your stuffed animals. When you’re young, the world is new and fresh. Enjoying it with a stuffed companion is a great way to explore the world, one moment at a time. Don’t rush through life, even when you become a teenager. There will be time later on to grow up.