Worry Dolls

While At Haute Affaire taping the other day I ran across these worry dolls. Now the readers who really pay attention may have picked up from past writings about how different my two girls are.

Here I’m gonna go a little off subject but bear with me-

Growing up I was a firm believer in that people were 100% products of their environment.  That what a person was exposed to – caring, loving, smart parents would rub off on a child and form the way they would be as they got older.  After my sister Felicia had twins who were raised exactly the same way and are completely different emotional beings and then once we had our two girls and they are completely different beings emotionally I know that there’s a whole lot more to what makes up a person’s persona than what they are exposed to.

Gay people- I’m convinced are born gay and aggressive or passive personalities are for the most part born with a genetic predisposition to their behavior as well.

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And now to how I’ll be connecting The Worry Dolls from Haute Affaire to the previous tangent-

The Bean is the oldest of my two little girls and she like myself and my mom are creative people but we also are extremely neurotic worriers.  The second child, Snoop Maddie Mad doesn’t let much bother her.  She acts first and is headstrong without fear- completely the opposite of The Bean.

They have these little worry dolls which are sold in boxes of four. On the sheet of paper that come with the worry dolls it reads-“According to legend,Guatemalan children tell one worry to each doll before bed and then place them underneath their pillow. the dolls take over the worrying so the children sleep peacefully through the night. When the child awakes, the worry dolls take all their worries away.”

So I bought a box of worry dolls for each child and told them the story before they went to bed.

Eloise (The Bean) told her doll that she was worried about monsters.  Madeline (Snoop Maddie Mad) told her doll she was worried about being alone in the dark.  They both placed their dolls under their pillows and slept soundly.

15 thoughts on “Worry Dolls

  1. I love worry dolls! So cute! Rob will have to get me a whole basket for all the worries I have. (I was carefully taught that to keep the said worry from happening – you have to have an active worrying system.)

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    1. I call that “preventive worrying” — if you worry enough it will prevent what you are worrying about from happening but if you fail to do enough worrying you are asking for trouble!

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  2. Joey ~ Having been a psych professor in my previous life ~ Personalities are definitely a combination of nature/nurture as most behavior is in humans. Worry dolls are wonderful for all ages for a variety of reasons! My Mom was the biggest “worrier” in the world ~ I have manager somehow to tame the “worry monster” & at one time it was with the very similiar “worry dolls” ~ namaste ~ c ~ z

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  3. Very cool! Thanks for sharing that Joey. I’m pretty sure I could use those myself : – ) But I have a two yr old Girl who I will keep those in mind for.
    Have a great week!
    – Rich

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  4. The same can be done with putting a picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus under your pillow at night and praying before bed asking Jesus to watch over you and keep you safe. Children really get comfort in doing this and its the real deal which they will continue as they grow.

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