Will My Child Ever Give Up The Lovey?
A child who carries a lovey or security object around should never be teased. Parents don’t worry they won’t take their lovey to school with them. Once your child is old enough attempt to break their need to carry their lovey or security object around every where you go, you can often set boundaries so that your child can still have his lovey or security object at appropriate times. Doing this early on will make it easier on your child with it is time to let go of their security object.
- Give your child appropriate set limits of when and where the lovey can and can’t go.
- Ask your child to help you find an safe spot for his or her lovey, so that you can have your child put it in its safe spot when it is time to leave the house or while your child is actively playing.
- Schedule a “bath session” (time to wash it) for your child’s lovey so that it can be cleaned regularly.
- If your child is deeply attached to his or her lovey, you may want to buy a second one so that if the other is in the wash or if you lose it your child won’t have a major meltdown.
- Engage your child in activities and play time so that he or she forgets about the lovey.
- Do give your child plenty of hugs and kisses so that your child doesn’t think that their lovey is their only source for comfort.
What was your child’s favorite security object?