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Play Therapy Class Assignment: Teddy Bear Bonding
I have bonded with my teddy bear since I was around 8 years old. I picked him out at Sears around Christmas time. My mom decided that both my sisters needed one too, but mine was the best. Each of our bears were a slightly different color and I could always tell which one was mine.
I slept with my teddy bear every night until my son was born and then he kind of took over the spot on the bed. I even brought him to the hospital when my son was born. My husband was just fine with it so when I brought him to bed again, my husband didn’t care, but my son was surprised. He loved on the teddy bear though.
I didn’t have to go anywhere with my bear, but I did have trouble remembering him from room to room as I was also caring for a newborn. I felt it strange that the bear had to come with me to breastfeed my son! And then a lot of times my older son would steal him and carry him away while I was otherwise occupied.
I have always been able to see how important stuffed animals are to children because I never lost that part of myself. Some stuffed animals have stayed with me longer and mean different things to me but I still understand the bond of friendship that goes along with it. There were many times growing up where I would get sad and cry into that teddy bear. When I was in tenth grade (16 years old) my girlfriends and I decided it would be much more fun to take our teddy bears on a date to a movie than go to homecoming where we didn’t have dates as part of this play therapy experience.
That was a real experience because we got a lot of strange looks. For my play therapy assignment we took them into Barnes and Noble for a while to wait for the movie so we gave them a good experience.
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