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Dear Age 13,
You’re not the only 13-year-old who still cuddles up with a
stuffed bear. Sleeping with an animal for comfort is not like sucking your
thumb or dragging a blankie around. Give yourself a break! Soon enough, you’ll
probably change your ways without even trying. If you still want to break the
habit, put your animal on a shelf or at the end of your bed instead of right
next to you. Grab a pillow if you need something to hold.
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BY CAROL WESTON ON 1/22/2012 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN life, dear carol, advice from Carol Weston
There is nothing wrong with having a stuff animal. I am thirteen almost fourteen and i still sleep with my stuff animals.
by fairy farmer on 1/14/2013 11:49:45 PM
I'm fourteen and I sleep the heck out of my teddy bear.
by prettyotter on 12/28/2012 7:27:50 PM
I`m 13 and I still sleep with a stuffed dolphin I have had since I was like three. (:
by brianaangel9 on 9/1/2012 4:02:49 PM
That isn't na my friend sleeps with a doll and my other friend a stuffed animal and me a little baby blanket and we are all almost 12
by bluesong28 on 8/28/2012 8:00:56 PM
Hey hinatagal, well none of your friends can see you when you sleep at night, so grab your Teddy girl. I don't think there's anything wrong with sleeping with a stuffed animal. I used to sleep with Minnie Mouse and I was a freshman in college, so no worries. Xoxo
MOD MOD MOD
When I was in 7th grade (just finished 8th grade and going into high school when school starts) I slept with a teddy bear and cut myself, I stopped cutting myself when I started seeing the social worker at my school she really helped me. At sometimes I'm thinking about cutting but don't because the counselor told me whenever I get the thought think positive or do something I love.
But I took my teddy bear to my friends sleepover just to sneak it in and I was caught it was so EMBARRASSING so I stopped but now I miss sleeping with it. Lynae P.
by hinatagal on 8/11/2012 4:09:46 PM
I agree there is nothing to be ashamed of! Im only 11 almost 12 In a month. And i still sleep with my baby blanket I call " fringy " and a 4ft. Sock monkey!!! 💋
by twilight1001 on 7/10/2012 9:47:22 PM
Don't sweat it girlie. I am almost thirteen and I sleep with 3 stuffed animals. (I call them stuffs lol)
Sometimes I feel like I'm too old but then I remind myself that it's ok.
They make great comfort buddies. ;)
by LocaCola940 on 6/30/2012 9:51:30 PM
Me be 12 I gots stuffed piggie Turk doll kaya a snow person a bear a goat a rabbit ect ect
by Firefox101 on 6/8/2012 2:34:52 AM
Hey don't sweat it! I'm 13 and I have 4 pillow pets and a stuffed cat I sleep with and A LOT of my friends have them to! You're not alone!
by 512kca on 5/30/2012 9:23:17 PM
I am 13 also i sleep with a pillow and is my teddy bear.
by HelloKitty9298 on 5/26/2012 12:30:13 AM
PILLOW PET! DD I sleep with a stuffed bunny and I'm almost 13
by SteffyS on 5/25/2012 7:04:28 PM
Hey girl im 18 and i have 50 and they sit on my bed floor and im not embarssed to show that i do. I have an aunt who is 40 and still does WHO CARES U JUST BE U
by mlshay on 5/22/2012 6:24:43 PM
Don't worry! I always sleep with 4 or more stuffed animals and I uses to sleep with 20. (yeah, kind of crowded!) but I love my animals. Nothing to be ashamed of!
by danacr on 5/19/2012 8:38:00 PM
dont worry im almost 13 and i sleep with a bed full of stuffed animals! i have my baby pillow and blankies too (my dad even still has his babypillow in his dresser drawr
by mel2999 on 4/12/2012 1:52:17 PM
I'm almost 14 and sometimes sleep with a teddy bear so yea you aren't alone
by twise8484 on 3/24/2012 8:00:58 PM
I think its alright. I have a hello kitty stuffed animal I cuddle with.
by cmprincess on 3/22/2012 3:29:38 PM
Even though I'm 11 I still sleep with a blanket and lots of stuffed animals. They comfort me!!!I feel realy embarssed to bring a stuffed animal to my friend's house 4 a sleepover but, it turns out they usually have some too!!!
by Eeyorelvr on 3/12/2012 9:17:35 PM
And I thought I was too old to have A bear I'm 11 and I would all ways thought I thought too old to have a bear.
by sandra 2 on 2/26/2012 11:52:07 AM
i'm 15 and still sleep with the stuffed animal my aunt gave me and the blanket my birth mother gave me... trust me your fine
by ImJustMe96 on 2/25/2012 4:16:51 PM
I think it's not so much a bad thing to have a stuffed animal!! Whenever my friends and me spend the night at eachother's houses, it's like we don't even care whether or not we have stuffed animals or not! If you're embarrased, I always say to myself.. Do what you want and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind - Dr. Seuss
Good luck though!
by mcw99 on 2/24/2012 9:09:49 PM
by qwerty66 on 2/21/2012 8:50:44 PM
I have this one miniature pillow that I sleep with EVERY night, and cry into when I get sad, but I think its great to have a stuffed animal )
by jedirocks on 2/16/2012 7:46:20 PM
don't worry I'm fourteen and i still sleep with my rabbit once in a while lol
by janbradylolz on 2/11/2012 10:16:33 PM
You don't have to break apart from your favorite stuffie its perfectly alright to still sleep with one, I still sleep with one and so does my 15 year old sister. Its better to have a favorite stuffed animal to have when your down to help raise your spirits.
by music191 on 2/11/2012 9:36:00 AM
I say that it is ok to sleep with a stuffed animal. I sleep with an UGA pillow pet!!!
by saints6 on 2/10/2012 9:42:21 AM
I sleep with my pillow pet dog
by Maribelle97 on 2/9/2012 11:30:32 PM
well me and my boyfriend still sleep with stuffed animals (we are 16 lol) my stuffed dog is named sicky i got him from the county fair and when ever im sick i hold her all day (dont worry i wash her) lol my boy friend has like scooby doo perry the plataus sponge bob and lots more LOL ROFL
by biebersnumber1 on 2/8/2012 6:33:17 PM
by coolkid1 on 2/8/2012 2:24:29 PM
by coolkid1 on 2/8/2012 1:06:22 PM
by 25noodles on 2/4/2012 1:43:24 PM
i still sllep with my mickey mouse plushie
by giggle_girls on 2/4/2012 11:03:24 AM
i totally dont think your too old to sleep with a stuffed animal.
by giggle_girls on 2/4/2012 11:01:17 AM
Hey dude ur not the only one who sleeps with stuffed animals i still do it makes me feel better .
by mlennon on 2/4/2012 10:46:31 AM
I'm 19 and I still sleep with stuffed animals, Simba and Nala to be exact. I can go camping without them, but I just fall asleep faster when they're with me. No worries
by yearbookgirl2011 on 2/3/2012 1:57:13 AM
by CheerChick9090 on 2/2/2012 9:27:53 PM
I sleep with a stuffed animal because if i don't hug something while I sleep i feel uncomfortable.
by LAUR700 on 2/2/2012 9:23:19 PM
It's fine holding on to a stuffed animal or toy as you get older. i'm 14 and i bet i'll still have my stuffed bunny i got in easter 2006 when i'm 90! If something is cute, cuddly, soft and gives you comfort then i dont see why so many people are embarrassed by it!!
by lunarbeauty on 2/1/2012 2:56:20 PM
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by ell1r on 1/31/2012 2:59:51 PM
There is nothing wrong with still sleeping with a stuffed animal! I have been sleeping with my bear fo 11 years. I got her for Christmas when I was nine, (yep, I'm 20) My bear comes with me on trips and back an forth to college. I love her so much. She knows all my secrets. It's like a verbal diary.
My high school Chruch youth group loved her. (I would bring her along on mission trips). I am going to Venezeula by myself for a semester abroad this fall and you better believe my bear Joya will be on my lap on the plane and in bed with me every night.
by BehrendBlues on 1/29/2012 7:04:33 PM
i sleep with a teddy bear every night i used to make fun of my friends who do it but i did it one night and its so comforting! i dont think its weird anymore at all!!! <3
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by chimel23 on 1/28/2012 6:37:45 PM
Hey friendsrforever, growing up is apart of life we all have to face. But just because you're getting older, doesn't mean you and your mom can't stay close. Involve her in all those aspects of your life. Talk to her about your crushes and ask for advice on guys. Get her to help you choose what highschool you go to and introduce her to your teachers. Since you're hanging with your friends tonight, plan a mother daughter day for you two maybe next week. Hope this helps! Xoxo
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whenever i want to go over to a friends house, i always get really sad, for some reason. like I'm growing up too quickly? I'm 13 and the youngest in my family, and i hate seeing my mom sad whenever we talk about high school or something. i always feel like just staying home, and not going out because of that.like tonight, i want to go over to my friends, but i feel bad, and i have no idea whats wrong with me.
same with guys, whenever i talk/text/Skype one,i feel super guilty..or whenever i like a guy&he likes me.
what do i do?! i hate this feeling. Lynae P.
by friendsrforever on 1/28/2012 6:12:35 PM
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by toddtas0 on 1/27/2012 7:31:06 PM
I still sleep with my bear, Teddy. He's soon 13 years old, just like me I don't ever want to give up on sleeping with stuffed animals! It isn't embarrassing, it isn't stupid, it isn't immature. Its really nice actually, to have a friend that can comfort u.
by Adelemakesusshine on 1/27/2012 9:25:08 AM
I still sleep with my stuffed animal named Tigie (it'e a tiger). I feel comfort when I am crying in it. So why give that up? Some of my friends thinks it's weird, but who cares? So keep sleeping with your animal!
by cuppycakes1056 on 1/26/2012 8:19:47 PM
I sleep with a stuffed bear called brown baby (it's pink lol!)
by romanticbookworm13 on 1/26/2012 5:05:08 PM
Hahah I'm 16 and I sleep with a giant stuffed tiger my boyfriend gave me, and my pillow is a giraffe pillow pet:p
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by hermione&ron on 1/25/2012 7:35:02 PM
Its Okayyy I STILL sleep with my BABY BLANKIE!!!
by flipper2ooo on 1/25/2012 3:59:05 PM
I'm 15 and i still sleep with a stuffed animal. More power to ya diva!
by kayah723 on 1/25/2012 1:37:54 AM
by kayah723 on 1/25/2012 1:22:03 AM
Don't worry!! Im twelve and I sleep with a stuffed animal too!
by tumbler457 on 1/24/2012 6:17:32 PM
Don't worry I still do and I'm a teenager.
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by svds on 1/23/2012 6:42:38 PM
I Have Multiple Stuffed Animals! I'm 12, Soon To Be 13 (Eeeep!!) And I Still Sleep With One, And I Think I Will For A Loooooooooong Time!!
by yumasauras on 1/23/2012 4:15:50 PM
my sister who is 17 still sleeps with a stuffed animal!
i'm 12 and i still sleep with one!
by peewee83 on 1/23/2012 1:32:41 PM
by SpartanGal11 on 1/23/2012 12:58:53 PM
I am 13 and I still have like a million. I probably won't stop sleeping with 'em 4 along time. Just like I'll never be too old to go trick or treating. lol.
by swimmerchic96 on 1/23/2012 11:13:26 AM
I'm going to be 14 in June, and I just sleep with a lot of stuff in my bed, like 3 pillows and 4 blankets that are small up near my head, and my stuffed monkey is also in bed I just don't hold him or anything. (: I just like to see him there.
by actress456 on 1/23/2012 10:38:53 AM
Whats wrong with sleeping with a stuffed animal? 'Stuffed animal' sounds weird, I call them plushies! I still have all my anime plushie friends on my bed.
by LEXC7 on 1/23/2012 2:45:34 AM
I am 14 and I still sleep with a stuffed Barney.(: My little sister who is 12 sleeps with a blanket that she has had since she was a baby. She named it Suzie and no one knows why!!!(:
by glpinkygirl77 on 1/22/2012 8:31:50 PM
i felt that way when im ten! i did'nt know older people do too. i feel better
by katie-whinn on 1/22/2012 8:16:15 PM
My friends bf, who is my neighbor, still sleeps with his stuffed animal and he's 14. I kinda sleep with 2 of mine but my stuffed animals are my pugs(it's a breed of dog)!!!
by Mellamooluvu104 on 1/22/2012 7:24:24 PM
im gonna b 13 in march and i still sleep with my stuffed bunny i got when i was 6 (btw her name is bunny, lol) its not like someones gonna be in the bed with you! y b embarrased??
by guitargirl7321 on 1/22/2012 7:13:56 PM
i sleep with "Blankie and Puppy" which i had since i got home from the hospital when i was born and im totally ok with it and my friends are totally fine with it!
@yorkielover88 i have to sleep with my fan on even in the winter so try to have something that makes you feel safe and secure when you are trying to sleep other than people. just experiment sometimes! hope that helped!!
by esk8 on 1/22/2012 6:55:46 PM
Hey I think its okay to sleep with something- I have a stuffed dog I'm attached to and a blanket I'm also attached to. My friends all have things as well.
by marym320 on 1/22/2012 6:54:34 PM
Only one? I sleep with six It's not like because you just turned 13 you need to drop everything,girlie. Be yourself !
by iluvmusic♥ on 1/22/2012 6:49:50 PM
who ever wrote this question i felt the same way last year. But gradually break the habbit by just not bringing it to sleep overs then not on vacation. But seriously if you really still want them theres no shame in sleeping with them in your own home.
by fanciestjen on 1/22/2012 6:43:31 PM
by yorkielover88 on 1/22/2012 5:31:09 PM
I still sleep with my stuffed Panda Bear I made at Build-A-Bear workshop. Hey, it carries good memories!
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I do sometimes.... =D
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by *MusicGirl16* on 1/22/2012 12:59:00 PM
i used to now i dont and now i sleep with pillow pets (in pillow form)
by millia7 on 1/22/2012 12:55:22 PM
Who cares if you still sleep with your teddy-bear. As long as you love it or if it's comfy I would still sleep with it.
by Terra Rose♥ on 1/22/2012 12:30:46 PM
i'm thirteen and love stuffed animals and i honestly don't care if other people make fun of me for it which most don't because if you just act like you don't care what people think they leave you alone and if someone has a problem with it then they are not invited to your sleepovers anymore. sucks for them, huh?
by paxetcaritas101 on 1/22/2012 12:25:00 PM
i mean I'm almost 16 and i still do and don't plan on stopping. i like to hold something warm in my arms when i sleep
by Rocknrollx3o on 1/22/2012 12:23:18 PM
im 12 and i sleep with a blanket that i got when i was a baby. I can sleep without it just fine but i do when im at home
by oreolover123 on 1/22/2012 12:18:01 PM
my bff just turned 13 yesterday and i know she still sleeps with her stuffed animal cat. i dont sleep with a stuffed animal though. i have this pink blanket that i got for christmas though and i take it everywhere i go around the house. its just so freakin soft!! i love my blanket!
by fearless;) on 1/22/2012 12:01:12 PM
I'm almost fifteen and I still sleep with my bunny, and it makes me feel like a kid again ;)
by fallsb-ball on 1/22/2012 11:44:01 AM
My bff cant sleep with out her cow stuffed animal that she had from when she was like two
by mckey101 on 1/22/2012 11:36:04 AM
haha im 13! i dont anymore but i dont see the issue with doing so!!!
by mckey101 on 1/22/2012 11:33:32 AM
I'm twelve, and I sleep with stuffed animals and a blanket I got when I was a baby.
by ziirnn on 1/22/2012 11:20:53 AM
I'm 13 and I still sleep with the bear I mad at Build a Bear workshop when I was 10! =PP
by Bieberfever1078 on 1/22/2012 11:20:30 AM
I stopped sleeping with a stuffed animal at 13....I am now 15 and decided I miss my buddies. I sleep with a sock monkey at my moms house and a 3 ft stuffed bear named Louis B. Watson (I didn't name him) =P at my dad's. Honestly, I love it, it makes me feel like I'm still a kid <3
by dancer.eag on 1/22/2012 11:19:07 AM
I sleep with a 6 ft. stuffed bear.. (I know right?) Plus my dads old bball pillow.. I really miss him
by hermione&ron on 1/22/2012 11:12:09 AM
I still sleep with a stuffed animal. It's name is Horton. Horton the elephant. Plus, if you sleep with a stuffed animal, i bet some dudes will think that adorable. I've heard some stories!
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by *a_good_life* on 1/22/2012 10:16:42 AM
haha I'm almost fifteen and I sleep with the blanket my grandma made me when I was a baby, but it makes me feel like she's still with me, even though she died 5 years ago.
by howtolove on 1/22/2012 10:08:53 AM
I'm 14 and i used to sleep with a bunch of stuffed animals, but i switched to a pillow so its totally normal!
by pottergirl135 on 1/22/2012 9:32:58 AM
I'm 13 and I sleep with a stuffed animal, so do my friends, nothing wrong with it
by nerdisthewurd26 on 1/22/2012 9:24:51 AM
It doent say she is 13.
by e17c on 1/22/2012 9:09:31 AM
i still sleep with a stuffed animal sometimes!! because when i have to get up int he middle of the night to go to the bathroom or something i get freaked out then i hurry into bed and cuddle with my stuffed animals surround me with pillows and a blanket. lol my friend morgan has TONS of stuffed animals and her room has a lot but of course her little brother who is 4 shares a room so they have a lot of stuffed animals.
by volley_ball2341 on 1/22/2012 9:06:32 AM
by rellim on 1/22/2012 8:53:57 AM
I sleep with my dog from when I was 2, a hungry hippo stuffed animal that I got last year :p, and my farting hippo from Abby on NCIS!!!
by Gabriella123 on 1/22/2012 8:47:47 AM
i am almost 13 and i still sleep with a doll i got when i was a baby. also a stuffed animal i got when i was 10 for Chirstmas. dont worry.
by SecretCupcakeNinjaCalledTurtle on 1/22/2012 1:07:07 AM
haha i dont see anything wrong with it.
by j4zm09 on 1/22/2012 12:34:52 AM
I do not think there is anything wrong with sleeping with stuffed friends. (I call them stuffed friends because they are also really good friends. They are never mean.) I am thirteen and still sleep with mine.
by Itsalovestory on 1/22/2012 12:26:08 AM
I still sleep with a stuffed animal lol (I'm 12)
by kaylarocks2000 on 1/22/2012 12:10:01 AM
I'm 14 and I sleep with stuffed animals lol
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