Small Talk Tag: Comfort

Dollhouse Therapy

Dollhouses for Kids Battling Cancer

What started as a hobby, became a cause and grew into a movement. In 2006, a woman named Ann made her first dollhouse. Having enjoyed making it, but having no real purpose for it, she sold it at a loss. Her daughter, who was working with children undergoing chemo at the nearby hospital, suggested that next time she donate it to the hospital.

In no time, Dollhouses For Kids Battling Cancer was born. As of 2014, Ann had made and donated more than 336 dollhouses to children in 21 states, and even Canada! Several businesses have partnered with Ann to provide her with supplies, including The Magical Dollhouse.

But Ann couldn’t get the dollhouses to the kids without the help of her “Dollhouse Delivery Angels.” She has 105 angels in 37 states that help transport the dollhouses from Ann’s home in New York across the country. Each angel drives an average of 489 miles to deliver dollhouses. We think they’re all angels; check out Ann’s Facebook page to see how you can join their ranks!
Photo: Courtesy of Dollhouses For Kids Battling Cancer.

Comfort Objects

It might have been a blankie, a doll, or a stuffed animal… children find comfort in objects like these and they just can’t let go. The more ragged it becomes, the more it’s loved, from a ratty piece of silky ribbon barely hanging on to the blanket edge to a pink cow that has lost almost all of its stuffing.

Last month, blogger Jessica Shyba wrote a post about her son’s most unusual comfort object and it’s just too cute not to share! Every day when her son Beau falls asleep for his afternoon nap, the family’s new puppy Theo snuggles up with him. Jessica has been sharing photos of the cuddling pair on her blog and on Instagram under the hashtag #TheoandBeau. If you can handle the adorableness, then check it out!