Trouble Dolls

This week in Social Groups we made worry dolls, a neat project that developed spontaneously out of the interests of the group (emergent curriculum). Worry Dolls or muñecas quitapenas, are a Guatemalan tradition where a person tells the tiny doll their troubles and places it under their pillow. The story is that the doll does your worrying for you while you sleep. I think that it is helpful because by naming your worries you make yourself aware of them and bring them to the surface which is the first step in problem solving. It is also a concrete ritualized release of stress which can prevent perseveration.