Scarlett has this sock monkey stuffed animal that she doesn’t go many places with out. It was one of the many stuffed toys that she received when she was a baby. She has other sock monkeys, but this is the one that she kisses and hugs every time you hand it to her.
I still have the teddy bear, that my Dad gave me when I was a couple days old, his name is MR. Bear. Scarlett has her pink monkey and we are already on monkey #2. The first one was lost on a mall adventure. By the time I realized it had jumped ship, it was too late, it was already gone. Scarlett’s Uncle Trevor tracked down another one for her and saved the day.
I have not named the monkey … I just call it “The Pink Monkey”. I’m waiting to see what she calls it, I am actually quite curious.
I noticed that by the time I went back to work that she became very attached to this monkey. Interested, I started to research why this may be. What it boils down to i, it’s a “security blanket” for her. It was her way of having stability for when I went back to work. “Mum isn’t around, OH but I have my monkey with me.”
Kids have their security blankets to help with stress, anxiety and security. I am just fascinated by this because Scarlett isn’t that old. She only has a hand full of words she can say but she is already figuring out how to handle and deal with stress and changing environments. Sometimes I think she is teaching more about stress management than anyone else.