Do you have a blanket, stuffed animal, an item of clothing, or something else you’re super attached to? We want you to tell us about it!
You know how some little kids have blankets or stuffed animals or special toys they’re especially attached to? Those are called transitional objects.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, they're so named “because they help children make the “emotional transition from dependence to independence.” When a kid is holding their object, it means that no matter where they are, they have a piece of home and familiarity with them, even if they're in a brand new place.
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Kids usually choose their object between 8 and 12 years old, and hang onto them for a few years.
But not everyone grows out of their attachment to their special object. Plenty of adults have a blanket, stuffed animal, a bit of cloth, a t-shirt, or other object that they fall asleep with at night or cuddle up with while watching Netflix.
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If you’re one of those adults who has a special comfort object, we want to know about it.
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For example, have you had it since childhood?
Or is it something you became attached to more recently?
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