Thursday, 24 March 2016

The Worry Eater Came to Stay

When one of these toys arrived in the Missing Sleep household there was a bit of a squabble over who would claim it from the two boys.  Both of them liked the look of it and the concept, they were debating who had the most worries and needed it more!

I will buy another at some point, because I do love the idea behind it and they are not that expensive to buy (the one we were sent was RRP £12.50).  It’s good to see what could be bothering your child, children are not always openly communicative about their worries so having a toy they can get to eat them is an effective way for you to see what is bothering them at the moment. 

The plush toys are quirky and fun in their own right, but its what you can use them to do that makes them worthwhile buying.  As the boys get older their worries might change so I am glad I have a way to start to learn more and be able to provide appropriate support and guidance depending on their anxiety.

My youngest wrote down that he was scared of the dark and scared of spiders.


He then quite happily added those worries into the Worry Eater mouth.


Since then he has said he is not as scared of the dark because his new friend has taken away some of the problem.  You can either leave the worries in there or perhaps take them out when your child is sleeping, so you can say they do not need to worry anymore as the worries have disappeared!  Whatever works best for you and your child, but for us the main thing is being able to have a way of seeing what concerns them.

Once you have seen those worries you are better positioned to know what you could do to help.  Sadly some children have bigger issues like bullying, they might withdraw into themselves and not discuss it with you, so hopefully the Worry Eater can sort that out by always keeping you informed with how your child is feeling.

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