When your child becomes 8 months, you’ll notice that he/she will gradually separate from their mother and show more interest in toys and other material items. At this stage, you may notice that your child is obsessed with a specific toy to the extent that they carry it to the nursery or even hold it during food time. So, why children are obsessed with these things and what does it mean?
Psychological experts point out that children feel secure when they carry some of their toys mainly if they are away from their parents. They feel psychological comfort if they familiar items when they are upset. This obsession is neither a medical problem nor a lack of parents’ emotional attachment towards their children. Rather, it’s a sign of the child’s emotional and cognitive development.
Although most children start to get rid of this habit when they are four years old, it’s important to control and mitigate the child’s excessive obsession with their toys through the following simple steps:
- Choose your child’s toys carefully– make sure it’s appropriate and safe!
- When your child gets older, you should start to explain the reasons why they cannot take the toy to the nursery, or why should they should avoid carrying toys while they eat.
- When you feel that your child wants the toy, redirect their attention to something else, and then try to hide the toys so that they gradually forget them.
- If your child wants their toy, try to hug them instead so that they feel secure. Parents should be the first source of safety and security for their children.
If your child’s obsessions is starting to get in the way of daily life and completing normal taks, it’s important to raise this point with your child’s teacher. While attachment to toys is normal, obsessive behavior should of course be monitored. We, at Little Academy Nursery, constantly communicate and cooperate with parents so that each child achieves their full ability and potential.