1 Mia James – AC1708668 Child Development E02V Assignment 8 Date: October 8, 2018
2 A transitional object is something a child usually one to about two years old is attached to. The object is typically soft and cuddly. It is an object that someone treasures and it can be attached to them until they reach between ages seven to eight or beyond that. Transitional objects help children from being dependent to gaining their independence. Children use it for different settings such as: going to bed, taking a bath, leaving the house, and transitioning to school. My transitional object was a cabbage patch doll name Olivia. I do not know if that was already the name of the doll or if I gave her that name. I believe that I got the doll when I was two years old. I took that doll everywhere with me. I love playing with her in the house, taking her to other people’s house just to show her off, and later in years to school, for show and tell. I remember talking to the doll like she was my best friend. She always made me smile and I made sure she was well kept. My younger brother and cousins would mess with all my belongings, but they knew not to mess with Olivia. I would still have the doll till this day if it wasn’t for us moving and it got lost. I thought she was something I could give to someone else one day. My incredible son is almost three years old and his transitional object is his backpack. It’s not just any type of backpack, it’s a Thomas the Train backpack. I brought it for him a little after he was one, so he can carry some of his toys in. I had no clue that he would be crazy about the backpack. He does not care if its one item or ten items in the backpack as long as he at least has that. He loves putting it on (especially now because he knows how to do it by himself). He has it on in the house, he will not leave the house without it and when we accidently leave it somewhere because he is sleep; he throws a fit about it. Now, he takes it to bed with him and it is attached to his back.
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