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Saggo the worry eater.,
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Saggo the worry eater.
As a Registered Sick Children's Nurse I have encountered very many children with understandable anxieties and worries and so I was fascinated by the premise and promise of the Sorgenfresser or worry eaters.
The premise is straight forward enough, these 21 velour dolls all have zip mouths into which children can insert paper with either their written or drawn worries or fears on at night and parents can remove them so that when the child wakes the worries have been eaten. This also allows the parents to gain insights into what their child is worrying or fearful about.
Each of the dolls has a distinct design and name (presumably if your child is really neurotic your could have a small army of worry eaters!). Saggo is the one I got and is featured in the promotional video on the international Sorgenfresser web site ([...]).
The idea is not new as evidenced by the much older Guatemala Worry Dolls, which have a similar function but the format is different.
I found both this doll and all its relatives to be rather scary in design but being in my fifties I realise I am not exactly up with the tastes of the little youth of to-day ! I sought the opinion of some children under five who generally agreed that they looked weird but more in a zany than frightening way which tells me what I know of children's taste!
I have a vague disquiet about parents effectively spying on their child's fears and indeed depending on the child's expressive ability either in drawing or writing, some disquiet about parents interpreting what their child is trying to say. It is also a gentle fairy tale as to how worries are dealt with in life but then again Santa is a similar fairy tale and children positively collude with their parents on that one for as long as possible!
I can see the positive possibilities but will have to leave their description for a reviewer who has actually used them with their own child!