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Concerns with dd 10 - teddies and walls

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Anushka Tue 25-Feb-14 09:48:39

Can anyone help with this/experienced this? Dd aged 10, has recently been turning all her teddies to face the wall! She loves her teddies although never been one to take one to bed (always wanting to buy new ones etc). This has started as "small" as she don't like her sisters large Winnie the Pooh and if she went in her room to sleep (a weekend treat) we had to stop him looking at her, but we have gradually found near enough every teddy in the house turned to the wall. We've tried ignoring it and it continues and when I've spoken to her about it she says they scare her at night. I've suggested putting them away but she's not keen on this idea as she likes them.
Gut instinct is it's just a stage, she doesn't like going upstairs at night on her own, and if she does every light is switched on ... I can remember hating going upstairs alone, having to check every room etc and getting to an age when I knew teddies weren't alive but then thinking the perhaps were (if that makes sense), however I'm at a loss as to what do to help her through it!

Magix Tue 25-Feb-14 10:05:06

I used to do this as their eyes at night freaked me out . Even the thought now makes me shudder a bit blush
if turning them around helps her id just leave her bee I think .

Anushka Tue 25-Feb-14 10:54:24

Thanks Magix - yeah it's clowns for me !

SavoyCabbage Tue 25-Feb-14 11:00:43

I can imagine loving them, giving them personalities and making up stories from her imagination about what they are doing and then when it's sleep time they are not going to sleep.

Magix Tue 25-Feb-14 11:25:43

Oh I HATE clowns !! I've ran away from clowns before even as a grown adult blushblush so embarrassing

DeWe Tue 25-Feb-14 14:09:07

If they've got the glass style eyes then maybe they are catching the light at night and glowing slightly. Makes them look freakily alive.

ClaraFox Tue 25-Feb-14 14:14:52

I wouldn't give it too much thought. Maybe suggest popping them in a cupboard for now, giving it short shrift ( in other words, pretending not to really notice ) and reassure her if she talks to you about it

It'll be a phase just like everything else no doubt

ProbablyCaroline Tue 25-Feb-14 14:42:11

Ooh she sounds like my 9 year old DD! Loves teddies and endows them with such personality that they end up freaking her out!

I wouldn't stop her...just laugh and say "Well they're only toys you know!" minimize it without making her feel silly. My DD won't go upstairs alone either! I think it's their age...more aware of scary stuff.

Anushka Tue 25-Feb-14 19:29:40

Thank you everyone. I think you are all right just a phase and ignore it, but help her if she wants to talk about it.
And Magix I have been known to run away from people dressed up .... Urgh gives me the ebbie Jebbies just thinking about them! All your comments have put this into perspective!

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