Did you catch Barney today? Probably not… but I did so I’ll fill you in. Baby Bop lost her blankie, prompting much song and dance. Which got me to thinking… how old is too old for a blankie? Actually, this blog was inspired by my oldest daughter who is 8 and still has a blankie. I suppose it doesn’t sound like a big deal if I just put it that way, I mean, it’s not like she carries it everywhere with her anymore… it was actually pretty easy to get her to stop bringing it places with us, thank goodness. But when we’re at home, it’s a different story. It IS carried everywhere around the house. And if, help us all, we should have misplaced the blankie somewhere during the day and she doesn’t have it to sleep with at night – let’s just say the ENTIRE family suffers until it is found… So… how old is too old for a blankie? Worse yet, our 3 1/2 year old is now figuring out what a wonderful power trip she can take if she holds blankie hostage, causing ever-growing conflict. Soon the 1 1/2 year old will be in on it too, probably just because she’ll decide there has to be something awfully special about that blankie based on the way her sisters are acting, but still, we don’t need any more conflict! I think I will surf the net and get some feedback about this subject… Dr. Phil once had a college-age guest on his show who still had her blankie. It was nothing but a tattered piece of material, and I remember him joking, “Does it keep you warm?” Hehe. I remember in the movie Mr. Mom, the dad decides the kid is too old to have a “whoopie”. I think they burn it or something cruel like that… I would never do that, but I do worry that some day if I get frustrated enough, the blankie might meet some sort of tragic demise… So, is 8 too old for a blankie? She still sucks her thumb too, but that will be another blog all together!