Both of my children are wishing away their childhood at the moment – they’re at the in between age where they want to be older so they can be more independent and do new things but at the same time they’re not ready to let go of some of their childhood cuddly toys.
Miss Frugal who loves to play dress up, experiment with her make up and style her hair to within an inch if it’s life always reaches for her favourite teddy when she’s tired or feeling the need for a cuddle from him for whatever reason.
Whenever we go anywhere that involves a night away or she goes on a sleepover, I can guarantee that Benji will be tucked in her bag – even if he’s hidden in the bottom if she’s feeling like she doesn’t want to let people know that he’s with her. He’s always cuddled up in bed with her when she’s not feeling 100% or when she’s worried about something and I know he’s just a cuddly dog but he makes her feel better when she needs it and every child should have something like that.
Master Frugal is the same except he has his own family of cuddly monkey toys who have more pillow space than he does on his bed.
I’m supporting Ikea’s Soft Toy for Education campaign which they’re running again this year. For every soft toy and children’s book sold in Ikea until the 4th January, they’re going to be donating 1 Euro to support children’s education around the world through Save the Children and UNICEF.
So please, if you’re in Ikea in the next couple of months, buy a soft toy or a book and lend your support to a very worthy campaign, as well as giving your child a friend like Benji.