Meet “Saggo” …. Our New Family Friend Who Helps Eat Worries Away
Everyone worries. Especially children.
Early childhood should be a time of innocence. But anxious moments tend to pop up and kids often have more worries than we realize. No matter how big or small, these worries are significant in the life of a child. Worries can range from serious family issues to easy-to-fix concerns.
The world is a complex place – especially for children. Think of all the times you were younger and afraid of the dark or a thunderstorm. Other worries might include beginning a new school, an upcoming math test, a visit to the dentist or simply viewing clips of the news … there are countless concerns that can be scary and a source of stress and anxiety in children.
As parents, our role involves listening, engaging in conversation, and encouraging children to express their fears and worries. But sometimes, children don’t want to talk with their parents – they may just want to confide in a friend who will simply listen.
I was recently introduced to an adorable product that I truly feel offers comfort and support for children. Worry Eaters is a line of super-soft, plush toys with zippered mouths from the Haywire Group. These quirky little monsters feature big eyes and a wide zippered mouth. They are available in a variety of colors and patterns, allowing children to pick out the perfect listening buddy who can take in childhood fears and “eat” away worries. Our little buddy is named SAGGO!
Every child expresses anxiety and fear differently. While some kids are naturally conversational, others may lack the capability to speak their concerns but feel more comfortable expressing their thoughts through pictures. Children can write or draw their problems on paper, and “feed” it to their Worry Eater which can be used as a tool to identify concerns, clarify misunderstandings and help resolve conflicts.
These dolls are not a cure-all for childhood fears and anxieties, but they are a great way for parents to help children to develop healthy coping with the inevitable stresses and strains of modern day life.
I may have slipped a few worries in our little guy’s mouth … hey, even big kids worry!
Maybe this isn’t the holiday gift one might expect in today’s tech-savvy world. Worry Eaters don’t talk, move or do any tricks. There’s not even an app for your Smart phone. But they do have a very specific mission: to take away a child’s anxieties. Or at least help. In my mind, that’s an awesome gift – for the holidays or any time.
Check them out on Amazon.
*Recommended for ages 3 and up, Worry Eaters are available in small and large dolls and are price, in most cases from $15 – $25.
Honestly (the only kind of review I would offer), I give Worry Eaters an enthusiastic, Fonzie-style “thumbs up.”
**I received a Worry Eater toy for review. All opinions expressed are my own. Pinky swear!