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should my teen still sleep with a stuffed animal

Sara in Houston, TX
Aug. 18, 2018

my daughter is 13 about to be 14 and she sleeps with a stuffed frog still she got it at the age of 4 and i dont know if we should throw it away i dont know if she should sleep with it anymore 

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Iva in Berkeley, CA
Sept. 28, 2018

People seem really hung up about this, it is only for babies, oh, teenagers should not be doing this. Why oh why is this the case, no reason at all. Teenagers are going through such a turmoil in their life with puberty, social anxiety, relationships, why can't they have a cuddly toy in bed! There will come a time when perhaps the toy moves out to the dresser for someone else to join him in the bed but until that time, let bear remain! Oh, I am granddaughter and I still like to tuck the duvet in my back so I get the idea that I have someone in bed with me, no bear but I just want the comfort.

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Daniel in Bedford, MA
Sept. 25, 2018

Dont throw it out. No one is ever too old to sleep with a stuffed animal. It is normal at any age to sleep with a stuffed animal.

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Natalia in Abingdon, MD
Sept. 19, 2018

You should let her keep it because if she has had the stuffed animal for so long it must have a sentimental value and if you get rid of it that may affect her. Plus I would not make a big deal out of her having it as long as she's able to sleep without it and it does not affect her when she's not with it.

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It is perfectly fine that she's still sleeping with a stuffed animal, and I would recommend that you don't throw it away, taking away comfort items (like stuffed animals, certain toys, or other things,) before someone is ready can be very upsetting for them. I wouldn't worry about her, it's completely normal.

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Isabel in Quincy, MA
Sept. 12, 2018

Don't throw it out. She probably really cares about that toy, and trying to take that away from her would really hurt her trust in you. This sort of thing isn't particularly unusual.

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Alexia in Raleigh, NC
Sept. 6, 2018

If it doesn't harm her then why not keep it. She may also out grow it as she gets older when she doesn't think it's "cool" anymore :)

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I wouldn't worry about it. I gave up my fivel mouskiwitz when I was about 14 (left him in the corner of my bed (he lives on my daughters shelf now). A favorite toy is best left alone until your kiddo (no matter how old) is ready to give it up or place on the shelf for several years to come. She will be fine! FYI: I'm a nurse now.

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I don't think it causes any harm that she's sleeping with a stuffed animal. If you think it might be a problem, I wouldn't recommend throwing it out. Instead, maybe you could have a conversation with her about why she sleeps with it, and encourage her to leave it behind and grow in maturity, if you think it's too childish. More than likely, though, eventually she'll grow out of it on her own. But, it all depends on your daughter and your family dynamic! I hope this helps.

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User in Atlanta, GA
Sept. 4, 2018

That's completely fine that she sleeps with a stuffed animal. If it makes her comfortable keep it.

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If it gives her comfort- let her keep it. She is at the age where she can make a lot of her own decisions in her own room. As long as she is not talking to it.....it's fine.

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User in Parker, CO
Aug. 29, 2018

Yes, it is noraml, my sister slept with her bunny for years until our mom lost it in storage! It can just be a nightly routine a habbit]

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I suggest to keep it. I do not believe it is a bad thing to have something that makes you feel safe. This stuffed frog probably just makes her feel safe when sleeping. as long as she is only sleeping with it at nights I don't think it should be a problem. It will just be a very adorable thing to look back at when she gets older.

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Misty in Hoxie, AR
Aug. 28, 2018

Let her sleep with it because she has an emotional attachment to it and if you throw it away especially without her permission she will be mad and taking that away would be like taking a part of her away or a piece of her past, she holds onto it for comfort. So my advice would to be to talk to her about it.

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Carmen in Austin, TX
Aug. 28, 2018

I think you should not throw it away because you do not know the sentimental value that she has for you. When she is ready, she will put it aside as she would with her parents when this list is removed from them.

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Ellen in Tampa, FL
Aug. 28, 2018

I see nothing wrong with it. We all need a little comfort in our lives. She'll probably not need it when she gets older. She'll let it go when she's ready.

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I'd let it fly, pick and choose battles, talk to her Dr about it if you worry but It's probably just a companion thing. Makes her feel safe and she's probably attached to it since she's had it for so long. I DEFINITELY would not FORCE her to throw it away, because they may cause her to put her attachment to something else and it may be worse than a stuffed frog.

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It's best to honor children, their choices, their emotions, their thoughts and feelings, if you wish for to maintain an open relationship with them, where they feel loved, supported, safe, and are willing to talk with you about whatever's going on in their life - especially the difficult situations. Yes, let her sleep with her frog as long as she wishes. I knew many in my college dorm that still slept with stuffed animals. It's best to explore, feel and release any disturbing emotions or judgments you have around this, within you, rather than forcing her to change, so as not to trigger these painful emotions in you. This is treating your daughter with respect and loving her unconditionally for who she is now.

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I would remodel her bedroom and wardrobe

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User in Chelsea, MA
Aug. 27, 2018

I think if you were to throw away the frog there would be a serious breach of trust in your relationship with your daughter. She obviously loves her stuffed animal and it perhaps makes her feel safe, secure, and at home. Maybe she's just a cuddler! As a teenager, my room was filled with stuffed animals, my favourite being a giant teddy bear that was about my size. Every night, I went to sleep with it. I watched television leaning on it, or I used it as a chair! I still have that bear and my son and nephew love it. I have since moved on to having a bed full of soft pillows. My point is, this is harmless. Don't do more harm than good by taking away something she loves simply because you feel she's "too old." Open a dialogue with your daughter and ask her why she sleeps with the frog, but understand that her reasons are still her own.

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I don't see why not. Sometimes we love things we got when we were younger and just don't want to get rid of them, I do not see anything wrong with that :)

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Merlys in Miami, FL
Aug. 27, 2018

That is a value appreciated for her now, as she matures she is taking interest in other things and maybe she stops sleeping with her frog but I do not think she should throw it away.

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User in Granby, CT
Aug. 27, 2018

Some children have the safety blanket or stuffed animal as there security to making it through the night. I might go and ask the girl if she would like to try sleeping without her frog for the night to see if it still helps her sleep or not. And normally with time it becomes less and less of a need to use a stuffed animal or blanket to help with sleep. Could also change out with a pillow if that would make the child feel better.

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I think that she should.

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no actually they should not be sleeping with a stuffed animal they should be able to sleep alone

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Layna in Mchenry, IL
Aug. 26, 2018

I know people who are in their early twenties and still sleep with stuffed animals. They're soft and comfortable, and the fact that she sleeps with it really isn't something to be concerned about! I'm not a professional, but I have taken three psychology classes including Child Psychology and I work in behavior therapy. I'd say it's not abnormal for her to be attached to something that she got at a young age. If she starts showing signs of unhealthy attachment, such as having anxiety when separated from the stuffed animal or difficulty being separated from it, it may be something you want to take more seriously.

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I think is not up to me. each child is diffrent

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Abby in Cleburne, TX
Aug. 25, 2018

It's normal to be attached to something, soon enough she'll get rid of it on her own. If she doesn't, what harm could it do?

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I'm 26, going on 27, and I still have my teddy bear in my bed. It's sentimental to me, as it came from my abuelos that have both passed on. I don't see it as an issue (unless she takes it with her everywhere she goes). If she does, then I would seek outside help in how to approach the issue with your daughter.

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No, don't throw it away. She has memories attached to it and she will outgrow it when she is ready.

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Do not throw it away. When she is ready, she'll give it up. Don't rush her into being more "grown-up" let kids be kids as long as they can!

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There really is no harm in a 13 or 14 year old sleeping with their stuffed animal, as long as their friends don't find out. There are more serious things to worry about and this is not one of them.

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I say let her keep it. It's sentimental, that's normal. If she freaks out when she can't sleep with it (i.e. out of town or sleepovers) then it could be a problem.

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User in Maywood, CA
Aug. 25, 2018

It is in my professional opinion that you should let her sleep with said stuffed frog. it is a phase that she will outgrow. If you have some concerns try taking her to a counselor (not a psychiatrist)

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Hello! I'm a female, age 16 (almost 17), and I still sleep with the stuffed dog that I got at age 4. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a teen sleeping with a stuffed animal. Even if you don't want her sleeping with Mr. Froggy, don't throw it away. Too many memories :)

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It would be like her security blanket, in my point of view is harmless to have a stuff animal and sleep with it.

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Keti in Chappaqua, NY
Aug. 24, 2018

I don't see a problem with her still sleeping with a stuffed frog. We all create connections to things that hold an important place in our lives, especially if these "things" have been around us during our childhood. Almost everyone has a certain habit when they go to bed, some like to sleep with a stuffed animal, some have to sleep with the TV on, some have to have a clean room otherwise they won't feel comfortable and I think that is normal.

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Eventually she will grow out of it, it is her defense mechanism for security. Do not throw it away.

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Aj in Canoga Park, CA
Aug. 24, 2018

It is perfectly alright to sleep with it.

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Eda in Horsham, PA
Aug. 24, 2018

No, do not take it off, because there are two reasons : Is her animal that likes most of the others,,or pulls the colors that the frogs have,and she is still not determinated to remove it from her. Over time she will take her away.

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Giovanni in Bend, OR
Aug. 24, 2018

I don't see this as a problem, unless you think there's an unhealthy attachment. Otherwise I wouldn't make a big deal of it.

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As a 19-year-old who has had stuffed animals their whole life, stuffed animals act as a sense of security during the night. Even if you think that they are old enough to sleep without it, you should consider that maybe the stuffed animal acts as a comforting mechanism or maybe something else. I have maybe 2-3 teenage friends who still sleep with stuffed animals as their own sense of security and comfort to help them with falling asleep.

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don't do nothing, she will leave it alone, when she know is time to stop, she will stop.

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If the stuffed animal doesn't leave the house or her room, I don't see the harm in allowing the child to sleep with it? Society has made children grow up WAY faster than before and I feel that allowing the 13 year old to sleep with a stuffed animal is really not a big deal? It is a small connection to innocence, allow the child that? This stuffed animal might remind the child of a special moment and removing the toy may make the child think that you don't want them to have that memory?

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User in Portland, OR
Aug. 23, 2018

I am a well-adjusted 67-year-old grandmother. I still have on my bed the stuffed dog that Santa Claus brought me when I was in third grade. I see no reason the get rid of her. She hasn't always been on my bed - sometimes stored away somewhere. But as I got older, it made me feel good to have her around again. When your daughter grows up, you will look back and realize that at 13 she was still a kid. She will probably outgrow the frog. If she has the urge to take it to college with her, you can tell her that you will keep it safe for her in a drawer so it won't get lost. I just finished babysitting for a family with a 13-year-old girl. Her bed was piled high with stuffed animals, including a giant bear. At the moment I am staying at my son's house so I just now went and counted the stuffed animals on my soon-to-be 13-year-old granddaughter's bed. There were 15! So one frog --- eh! that's nothing!

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Batel in Tarzana, CA
Aug. 23, 2018

Don't throw away her toys, that's heartless and will only make her distrust and dislike you. Let kids be kids, it's not uncommon for girls to keep their favored stuffed animals long into their adult years. Some are more sentimental than others, some don't mind letting them go, but it's all on their time.

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I think sleeping with stuffed animals is fine and is all dependent on what the family wants. Families come from different cultures and one culture may be okay with that, while another finds it alarming. I would simply check with what the parents find acceptable.

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Dahrya in Tucker, GA
Aug. 23, 2018

if that make her comfortable then you don't have to take it away from her

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Mary in Rochester, NY
Aug. 23, 2018

Yes, my sister is 20 and still sleeps with a stuffed animal. She claims that its her safe object, and she likes to sleep with it. She also said that when she is ready, shell give it up.

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Do not throw it away she will resent you for it, also the frog is a huge part of her childhood! Frog has been there for her though thick and thin! We all grow at different rates, at some point on her own she will grow out of it, and move it on up to a shelf or something. I honestly see nothing wrong with sleeping with stuffed animals. I feel its probably similar to a security blanket to her, and probably comforts her.

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Absolutely not! Your child has the right to decide when she is ready to part with a beloved toy>

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Kayla in Salem, OR
Aug. 23, 2018

I don't think its bad that she still sleeps with it. At this point its probably just habit. I would let her keep sleeping with it if she wants.

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Kylen in Lincoln, NE
Aug. 23, 2018

Let her sleep with it! Think of it more like a pillow. Trying to throw it away will only hurt her. That is a childhood keepsake. She will either grow out of it, or she won't. But letting her sleep with it isn't hurting anything at all. She is also in a hard age and it probably gives her comfort that is very worth it.

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Let her sleep with it! There are plenty of teenagers/adults who still have a piece of something that they have kept with them since they were younger.

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Amanda in Lyons, IL
Aug. 22, 2018

If your daughter still sleeps with a stuffed animal it is okay because she probably thinks it has sentimental value.

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I am 24 years old and I brought my blanket to college and when I moved away currently. I still sleep with it and I don't see a problem with it. I know plenty of my friends who still sleep with their stuff animals. If you take it away she might have problems sleeping. Sometimes a bond with a stuff animal is a comfort you just don't want to take away in my opinion.

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she alone must decide when to leave her toy

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i would not throw it away but i would slowly ween her of sleeping with it.

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Roman in Marietta, GA
Aug. 22, 2018

I think that if the stuffed animal has sentimental value to her, she should cherish it as long as she can because her youth will fly by her, and she will come to love it as a part of the family.

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Yes! As long as she's not brining it to school or having panic attacks or not being able to sleep at all without it, I think it would be okay for her to sleep with it. I know people who are twenty and sleep with a stuffed animal. Now they do it because they want to, and it does not cause any problems. If so, I don't think this is a problem.

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It depends on the emotions around it. Is it hurting her to have it for some reason? She may just be a sentimental kid. Let her be.

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User in Hilliard, OH
Aug. 22, 2018

I don't think this is a problem. My father gave me a little teddy bear when I was 8 and I have been keeping it in my car! :)

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I am going to be honest. when I was her age, i slept with a stuffed animal that had sentimental value to me so I do not see a problem with it at all

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There is absolutely nothing wrong with a teen still sleeping with a stuffed animal. That stuffed animal may mean something to them. Example, teen may have gotten a stuffed animal from a relative that they love, and they would like to keep for memories!

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Donna in Alvarado, TX
Aug. 22, 2018

she'll do it herself soon enough.

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Argh! Never through away a child's beloved stuffie - no matter how old they are! Let her be in charge of her belongings. I know adults who still have their blankies from when they were babies. One friend had to go through chemo it was such a blessing to have that scrap of fabric to cuddle! It's ok!!

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Yes, that is personal choice

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Alyssa in Kerman, CA
Aug. 22, 2018

I have a best friend who is 28 now, and still sleeps with her beloved teddy, with husband and three children near by. A stuffed animal is an amazing comfort.

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She should eventually grow out of it.

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Wait and see what happens. Eventually no matter how well you or she takes care of it, it will break. At that point you should address with her that maybe it is time for her to let go. If she resists letting go, then gently resist back. She will have gotten a full life out of it and she will be able to adapt over time to not having it when there is no other alternative.

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in my opinion the teenage child the question is in reference to should be able to sleep with the stuffed animal. try asking her why she feels she needs her toy is it a comfort to her or just a favorite animal to her? do this in a way that will not make her feel uncomfortable and judged. many children and adults still sleep with stuffed animals and blankets. it is more important to find out if there is a emotional issue that needs to be addressed before attempting to take away the stuff toy.

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If she feels comfortable about sleeping with her stuffed frog, I would continue to let her sleep with it. Of course as their parent that it is your choice to talk or not to talk to her about it.

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I used to carry around and sleep with a doll all the time when I was just a baby. I would also suck my thumb which helped me sleep at night. That stopped when I was just 13. I learned that it helped with anxiety. I'm 15 now and I don't need a doll or my thumb to sleep or calm me down. The way I stopped that habit was by throwing my doll out. It took a few days to get over with but I managed! I don't think there's any problem with an adolescent sleeping with a stuffed toy. If she's getting bullied for it or it's causing a problem between you and the family, ask her if you can lock the toy away for a while so she can forget about it.

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Lorie in Corning, NY
Aug. 21, 2018

omg let her have it, if she only sleeps with it. I would say not to let her take it on overnights

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Every child has something that they treasure and for her its her frog, i see no harm in that! When shes ready to part with it, youll know!

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Lisa in San Diego, CA
Aug. 21, 2018

DON'T THROW IT AWAY!!! My daughter just turned 18 and starting College. She's had a stuffed pony since she was 5 or 6 and still has him on her bed. The pony now has only 1 eye, looks like it's been run over, and looks more like a rat.... There's history and a sense of comfort that comes with having something so special for many years. I think it's sweet and precious!

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I have never read research suggesting anything wrong with this. However, that is assuming there are not other behaviors relating to maturity you may have concerns about.

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If it makes your child comfortable I see no reason to throw it out. I am sure in the future the stuffed animal will be put in storage and will be a fond memory.

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I am 21 and have slept with a stuffed animal since I was a child. Personally, I love still having a connection to my childhood in my bed. If it's okay for me, I think it's okay for her.

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She feels comfort with sleeping with the frog. She will outgrow wanting to sleep with the stuffed frog in time. Let her keep the frog.

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There is nothing wrong with having a comfort animal! We adults find comforts in other ways, everyone needs comfort!

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As a psychology student, this is an interesting question. We all have specific tasks to master before moving into the next stage. For example, a toddler must learn to potty train, among other things, before moving into the next stage of development. Developmentally, your daughter is between a child and an adolescent and may be struggling with new obstacles in life. I don't think sleeping with the stuffed animal is a problem or even unusual for her age. It may provide her some comfort and feelings of safety where her environment (like a new school, a new peer group, or even a new school year) does not. I think taking the stuffed animal away would do more harm than good.

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Absolutely! There is nothing wrong with that. Why would this be a problem? In this hectic and stressful worrld/environment this stuffed frog is her constant and security blanket. When she is ready to give it up, she will. My daughter was 10 when she lost her little blanket on a flight. It was a disaster at first, because kids also have sentimental or also nostalgic feelings. My son keeps his stuffed animal from his childhood in a Ziploc bag now to preserve it. He is 25 yrs old and just became a father and I bet he going to show his "MickMock" to his son one day.

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Don't throw it away. If she still sleeps with it, there's a reason. It is not doing any harm, and clearly it comforts her if she's continuing to sleep with it. I am 20 years old and I still have my baby blankie.. I have just had it for so long that I feel like I can't throw it out. I don't think this should be concerning:)

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Don't take away her stuffed animal all of a sudden but ease her off of it this will take a while but you will need patience. She may find comfort in having the stuffed animal so try to talk to her and ask why she finds as much comfort as she does in the stuffed animal.

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She will eventually decide whether or not she wants it anymore. It is obviously special to her. Some people just genuinely like sleeping while holding something, whether it be a blanket, a pillow or a stuffed animal. I think it is really sweet that her stuffed frog has lasted her so long. I am 27 and I still have my stuffed bear from when I was a toddler. It is sitting on my dresser and is a wonderful memento from my childhood.

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Yicela in Sylmar, CA
Aug. 21, 2018

If it isn't affecting them in any way shape or form. I dont see why its a problem

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It doesn't hurt her to sleep with it. It will hurt her if you throw it away. It proves she is a healthy child to care for and love something for so long. I still occasionally sleep with a stuffed animal as I like the way it supports my head and arm.

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Personally I am 19 and still sleep with a stuffed animal. I stopped sleeping with one around the age of 15 because it "wasn't cool" but now I just feel more comfortable, when I'm sleeping, to be holding onto something.

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Erika in Stamford, CT
Aug. 21, 2018

I believe that she should sleep with it until she decides to that she is too old to sleep with her stuffed frog.

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Jerry in Aurora, CO
Aug. 21, 2018

I personally don't think it's your choice to make.

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I wouldn't worry about it it's not harming anyone or her. I remember I didn't fully stop sleeping with a stuffed animal till I was 16. It's a comfort thing like how everyone has there a favorite food or a blanket. It's also a very personal thing it symbolizes when you come to terms with yourself as more of a young adult than a child. People calling you a teenager doesn't do the trick. So don't worry when it's her time she will put it away.

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User in Valrico, FL
Aug. 21, 2018

Of course she can...even college students ocassionally do...absolutely nothing wrong with it.

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Jill in Mansfield, OH
Aug. 20, 2018

My opinion I think it is fine if it comforts her & helps her sleep well, as long as its cleaned/washed regularly it's not hurting anything! My two daughters are ages 14 & 11 they both have a favorite blanket that they have had since they were babies & they want to have it every night they realy help their anxiety & also comforts them at night to sleep! I just try to make sure i keep them washed regularly!

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Andrea in Lodi, NJ
Aug. 20, 2018

On my opinion it's very hard to be a teenager and sometimes you just wish you were back how you used to be as a little child, so to let go of something very important such as stuffed frog can be hard. I think what can you do it's to get on a agreement with your daughter of not sleeping with the stuffed frog , but just to keep it in her room or out of her room but still having around the house so it wouldn't be to hard for her at first of letting go. Little by little she will get used to the idea.

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Nina in Bogart, GA
Aug. 20, 2018

I don't think there's anything wrong with her sleeping with her stuffed frog. I think we think too much about what society, what the outside world, would think of the fact that your 13 year old still sleeps with a stuffed frog. She isn't hurting anyone. Don't force her to grow up faster than she should have to. If it helps her to sleep at night, let it alone.

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I don't see anything wrong with her sleeping with a favorite stuff toy. To me it shows loyalty, caring, and keeping track of her stuff toy for all those years. She will know when to give it at her own time.

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Definitely cherish this relationship, and hopefully she will save it for her future children!

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User in Surprise, AZ
Aug. 20, 2018

No harm, just wash it every once in a while. Can absorb dust/mites and dirt and cause her allergies.

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I don't see a problem with her still wanting to sleep with the stuffed animal. Once she gets to the stage of highschool I think she will grow out of it as I was the same way when I was younger.

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I babysat this girl who had the same problem. I helped her by continuously telling her that sometimes in life its good to let bad habits go and or I would say that maybe she could give it to her new baby born cousin who would love it just like she did as a little girl. Which she ended up doing and is now passed the thought of sleeping with her stuffed animal

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I still have my favorite stuffed animal from when I was a toddler. I slept with it sometimes up until college, especially when I needed comfort for one reason or another. I don't sleep with it anymore, but it does sit on our basement couch. I don't think there is anything to worry about. I actually think it is very healthy as long as it isnt getting in the way.

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Amber in Lorton, VA
Aug. 20, 2018

I definitely do not think you should take it from her. If he/she makes her feel safe at night while sleeping then she should always have it regardless of age.

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I would say leave her with her stuffed frog. We are creatures of habit if makes her feel happy and helps her fall a sleep its not hurting no one. My daughter slept with her bear until she was 13 years old and she a well rounded young lady and is very active in school but still has her bear in her room near her bed.

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User in Richlands, NC
Aug. 20, 2018

I wouldn't throw it away, but maybe talk her into keeping it in good condition and displaying it somewhere in her room?

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I think if she is still sleeping with stuffed animals that there isn't really anything to be concerned about. It could just be something she takes comfort in. I wouldn't throw it away if anything I would talk to her and maybe just see what's up and if it seems like no big deal and isn't effecting her negatively it shouldn't be a concern. I know lots of kids and teens that hold onto things like that because it means something to them or they find comfort in it.

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Dara in Lawndale, CA
Aug. 20, 2018

Its fine that she sleeps with it. She will decide when she is ready to give it up. no harm letting her have it.

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Johanna in Yuma, AZ
Aug. 20, 2018

Based on my experience, I've come to notice that all children grow out of security blankets at all ages. A lot of time it is just a comfort thing and she may not be ready to give it up yet. Maybe try suggesting to her to leave it on the nightstand or on a dresser; to see if she can sleep without it. If so advance to moving it into the closet and so on and so forth.

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I don't find there anything wrong with it. I know people in college who took their childhood stuffed animal with them. It is a source of comfort when they are stressed and a reminder of home where they feel safe

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Anita in Bronx, NY
Aug. 20, 2018

If it helps her cope and sleep at night i think you should allow your daughter to keep her stuff animal. As she gets older she will transition on her own into new things. or your can introduce her to a new item such as a nice pillow... despite what you do just be patient ... because though she is 13 going on 14 she's still a child and will eventually be and adult and you will remember that special moment she of her sleeping at night with that stuffed frog and the day she transitions in adulthood and decided to let go.

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Unless she's having problems in character growth, I see no reason to take away something she relies on to give her comfort. I wouldn't allow her to take it to a slumber party, but there's nothing wrong with sleeping with a stuffed animal.

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Honestly most children will outgrow something when they are ready. Let her have her comfort at bedtime she needs it right now.

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Carolyn in Nampa, ID
Aug. 20, 2018

Better than sleeping with her cell phone. If it gives her comfort I don't see a problem at all.

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Katelyn in Shelby, MI
Aug. 20, 2018

If it makes her feel safe then let her keep it. You could always make a box for stuff from her childhood that she can keep all of the toys or stuffed animals that she wants to keep in there, then put it up in the closet so it will always be there

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Yes I believe that is totally okay to have that one special stuffed animal that makes them feel safe. I am 24 and have a stuffed turtle I still take with me, that I have had since I was 6 years old.

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Breann in Newport, NC
Aug. 20, 2018

Do not throw it away. It could be used a a security item. Throwing it away could upset your child.

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There really is not a problem...some children hang on to things from the toddler stage just as a habit. However is you see her going to the frog when she feels stressed or upaet, then I would try to talk to her about her fears either of situations, shyness, or just growing up ingeneral.

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I don't think you should worry about it at all. She will know when she is ready to let go of it. I know people in their fifties who still hang on to childhood items they cuddled with at night. There is nothing wrong with that. It is a part of her childhood that she finds comfort in and in God's eyes we are all children.

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User in Lakeville, MA
Aug. 20, 2018

Most likely your daughter will grow out of sleeping with the stuffed frog. Personally I have a stuffed bear that I received when I was an infant and I never plan on throwing it away. On the same note, my mother has her childhood bear on a shelf in her room. It is probably more sentimental, especially as she gets older. As she goes through high school she will probably let go of it a little bit more. I would not be worried at all, sleeping with stuffed animals is a normal part of life.

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To be completely honest this isn't something rare it is actually very common. Most girls when they continue sleeping with a teddy its usually for either safety, or something big she may remember and her teddy is a safe place. Have a talk to her about it definitely don't just take it away. Try to understand her. Don't get me wrong it could be something bad but in most cases it's just something she hasn't let go of yet.

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Most children hold onto some relic of their childhood. It feels familiar and secure. My 14-year-old nephew still carries around his baby blanket even though it's a rag. Of course, he doesn't ever let anyone know. I don't think your daughter's behavior is unusual or even unhealthy. Maybe see if you can wash the frog every now and again.

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User in Fairfield, NJ
Aug. 20, 2018

I know plenty of well-adjusted, successful adults that still sleep with childhood stuffed animals. Don't take it away from her, that would be cruel.

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Anthony in Austin, TX
Aug. 20, 2018

The simple things in life bring us the most joy in life. Rather than think "Is it ok that my daughter is sleeping with a stuffed animal at this age?" Think about the value of her ability to commit to an item? To you, it's just a frog. To her, it's the frog her dad won her at the carnival. The frog she held during her first night before school. Everyone has a favorite something. The wedding ring you wear, it's just a rock. However, that rock means so much to you. That frog means so much to her.

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In my experience its children who have the ability to self soothe are happier more well adjusted children and often carry these skills into adulthood. Favorite stuffed animals and blankets offer a kind of magic hug and to be able to continue hugs at bedtime or when they are sad is healthy. They loved these items and its hard to tell them " ok now you have to close your heart and stop loving this" I have a favorite bedtime story I sometimes still enjoy reading -

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Teenagers are going through such a turmoil in their life with puberty, social anxiety, relationships, why can't they have a cuddly toy in bed! There will come a time when perhaps the toy moves out to the dresser, but until that time, let bear remain.

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I think its normal, it calms her and helps her sleep and as long as she doesn't start carrying it around all the time that she should be able to can keep it.

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Jenny in Denver, CO
Aug. 20, 2018

I slept with my stuffed animals until I was 16! Every child develops at different rates.

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It's not hurting anything. Be grateful.