When I was little, before the worry dolls came into my life, my emotions were very intense and out of control. I would worry about how I spoke to someone, I would be scared that I’d get caught for something wrong I’d done, usually this was stealing my mum’s chocolate!
During my primary school years I would cry myself to sleep, wondering why so and so didn’t want to be my friend that day or why I’d been left out all week. I vividly remember nights of me crying to mum in my bedroom and saying soothingly, “Why don’t you find some new friends.” Or “Don’t let those girls bother you.”
Then one day, while out shopping, I saw these gorgeous little matchstick dolls. There were 7 of them and they came in a small, colourful drawstring bag that was the perfect size to fit under my pillow. It came with a tiny note, I can’t exactly remember what the note said, but it told me how to use them.
The instructions were along the lines of – Tell your worries to your dolls every night before you go to bed and put them under your pillow. When you wake up in the morning your dolls will have sorted out all of your worries for you.
The first night I have it ago I remember having one of the best sleeps ever! These dolls were magical.
I often mention these dolls to my students and I tell them that they don’t need to have proper worry dolls to help their worries disappear. They can talk to a soft toy or a poster, as long as they are airing out their worries and relinquishing the control over them. Because worries aren’t solved by worrying.
We are reading a beautiful book in class at the moment called the Worry Tree. If you have a daughter who worries a lot, this book is perfect.