10 Common Misconceptions About Teddy Bears

 

1. Teddy Bears are inanimate objects.

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I cannot believe how many people seem to think that teddy bears do not have feelings. Have you ever looked into the face of a teddy bear? Your furry friend will be as alive as you need him to be. Just like magic and dragons, if you believe then it will happen.

2. Teddy Bears are just for children.

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Of course, a child will benefit greatly from having his or her own bear, but so will an adult. Teddy bears listen to your problems and do not judge; they are always there to offer a hug; they do not get huffy when ignored for long periods of time. Basically? They are the ideal companion at any age.

3. Taking a Teddy Bear out in public is embarrassing.

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No. Children are embarrassing. They say what they think to total strangers, throw up wherever they happen to be without even attempting to get to a place where their mess can be easily cleaned up. Children spill food and drink, throw things, including tantrums, wet their pants when a public convenience is just across the way. Compare this to your quiet, clean bear and tell me which is behaving better. If you must take children out in public then take a teddy bear along too so that the children can observe desirable behaviour.

4. Taking a Teddy Bear out in public is embarrassing if you have no children.

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I don’t understand this one at all. I have taken my teddy bear to lots of different places: teashops, restaurants, museums; on bicycle rides, boats and aeroplanes. I find that, when he is around, people smile at us. Isn’t that a good thing?

5. Teddy Bears can be cleared out along with other toys

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This just makes me sad. I have given a new, forever home to several rejected bears. Although it takes a while to gain their trust and convince them that they are here to stay these bears tend to be particularly loving, as if they feel they may be thrown out again if they do not do their job well. Old bears in particular just emanate wisdom and show so much gratitude that they have been accepted as a valued addition to my sleuth.

6. Teddy Bears are not fun to play with.

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Anyone who thinks this has obviously never played with a teddy bear. The games that they enjoy are endless, and they do not complain if they are always  the one chosen to die, lose or get hurt. How many other friends are always available, will do exactly as asked and put up with whatever role they are assigned without complaint?

7. A dirty or worn Teddy Bear is a health hazard.

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No. Just like a person, all he needs is a gentle wash. You would not put even the dirtiest, smelliest child in a washing machine; don’t do this to your bear either. Too much water plays havoc with delicate joints. Offer a careful sponge wash and respect the scars and lost fur; these offer a reminder of good times gone by. Old teddies are to be treasured. They may, however, appreciate the added protection of a warm cardigan.

8. Teddy Bears serve no useful purpose.

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Have you any idea how many bad dreams they chase away? Who do you think got rid of the monsters under the bed? Just because you cannot see how useful a bear is doesn’t mean that he has no use. Teddy Bears are so under appreciated, yet still they love and protect us unconditionally.

9. My friends will think I am childish for sleeping with a Teddy Bear.

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I do not know anyone who does not appreciate a softer side in a friend. You may be surprised at how many thoroughly mature, well-adjusted grown-ups harbour a teddy bear. Perhaps this is why they are thoroughly mature and well-adjusted. A teddy bear can teach you what love really means: being there when you’re needed.

10. A Teddy Bear is just a lump of fur and stuffing.

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And you are just a lump of skin, bone, hair and yucky stuff. You are still amazing though, beautiful and valued. Do not reject what you do not understand, do not mock what others value and find solace in. As with any friend, you may choose whether to grant a bear space in your life or not. A teddy bear, properly respected, can be the best companion that there is.

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One last thing, if you do have a bear? Go give him a hug. And some cake. I have yet to meet any bear who does not feel that his life is that little bit better when he is allowed to share a slice of cake with his best friend.

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The very fine bear who accompanies me on all my best adventures, and who kindly agreed to allow his photograph album to be opened for this post, chronicles some of his escapades and offers words of advice on Facebook. If you would like to get to know him better, you may find him here Edward Gainsborough – Teddy Bear).

xx

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27 comments on “10 Common Misconceptions About Teddy Bears

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  2. ? says:

    are you feeling ok?

  3. Lili Ghekiere says:

    This is so cute! My teddy bear is Auguste. I have a lot of teddys, but Auguste is my best friend. He helped me so much when my ex cheated on me and broke up with me. I love him! I took Émile, my little squirrel teddy on holidays with me and took a lot of pictures of him in museums. People were looking at me as if I had special needs though… They have their own personalities and are so sweet and well mannered! Can’t wait to have children to introduce them to my wonderful teddys.

  4. Read this entry with Mum and all we can say is Thank You! Mum is a Mum of 1 kitty-kid (named Binx) and 5 teddy-kids. I’m one of those 5 teddy-kids and when I am home I go EVERYWHERE with her and at least 1 of my other siblings and when I am not, well Mum without batting an eye lid takes them with her.
    I admit I am only small and can “hide” in her handbag if things get to much but 3 of my other siblings are 16inches tall so she carries them in her arms, in the child seat of a trolley etc. So thank you for dispelling the myth that for an adult to be seen out in Public with a teddy is embarrassing….it’s so not…so many people smile, even get hugs from us…and they take that smile on with them through the rest of their day! 😀
    I’m totally rebloging this to my blog so more people have a chance to read this!

  5. Reblogged this on The Aussie Traveling Bear and commented:
    I’ve just headed out on my next adventure but I wanted to leave this amazing blog entry with you all! Happy reading and I’ll see you all when I get back in a few months! xxx

  6. Carly Smith says:

    I’m 31 and still enjoy collecting teddy bears and I always have a bag buddy bear with me when I go to town

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  8. This is a wonderful article… and we as teddy bear collectors love our bears and are proud to take them with us. We love this article so much that we are linking it into http://www.bearsandbuds.com, the original online teddy bear magazine, published continuously each month for ten years! Everyone give your teddy bear a big hug!
    Valerie Rogers
    Publisher/Executive Editor

  9. Wow this is brilliant😍😍😍 You are so right and my mommy is going to be 26 and she takes me everywhere. I can’t even think about throwing out any poor stuffed animal 😢😢😢 You’ve covered everything, more people should know. 😊😊😊

  10. Kolo says:

    This is so true. Some people just don’t get teddy bears!!

  11. I could not agree more! *high paw* We only need the “bear necessities” to be the best companions EVER…

  12. Teddy bear advocate says:

    Beautifully written and so true. Teddy bears are wonderful. I am in my 30s and have a lovely collection of all the teddy bears I have been given over the years, from when I was a newborn baby 🙂 :). “Thinny” came to play school with me every day. He protected me and helped me to feel safe. “WB” (aka “white bear”) was with me when I was in hospital as a teen. “Thinny” and “WB” were both with me when I was going through a difficult time in my early 20s. They (and their other teddy bear friends) continue to work their magic to this day!! A world without teddy bears would be a lonely place. Three cheers for all the teddy bears out there 🙂 🙂 🐻😊

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  14. yah itz about time peeople realize how importint us bearz are!

  15. Kim and Andy says:

    Save me and Snoogles some cake.

  16. Bearicious says:

    All so true.

  17. RF says:

    This might sound dumb, I really appreciated this. When I was younger I had two hundred teddy bears at one point and over the years I’ve gotten down to only thirty. I completely agree with you. I adore teddy bears and they definitely have feelings,

  18. The teddy lover says:

    so teddy bears do really have feelings? I am 13 years old this year and I still keep my teddy bears around me i got big and small ones even when I’m travelling around I would cover my big teddy bears with blanket and put them on sleep while I bring the small ones inside my bag when I reach there I use to give them a long bed made by my blanket and another blanket for them made by a small blanket I love them a Lot sometimes I even create a party and lots of gummies for them ofc I ate it but I put it on their mouth before eating it so they got the taste I was thinking abt … I always got this feeling that each and every single teddy bears has their own feeling when I was playing with them when.young I see that they were smiling because of studies I didn’t get to play with them a lot often months ltr after my test is all over I actually saw their face turning sad I could feel it cried while hugging and keep saying sorry to them … i believe they have a heart whatever I shared to them , I feel that they can feel it , whatever i talked to them I.feel that they had listened… and whenever my parents or siblings throw my teddy bears aside bcos they were blocking the way I ran up and scolded them they said they were not alive what for care so much I totally disagree with that … please do not say that I actually got a mental problem I don’t have ! if i had I wouldn’t be scoring high marks for my test and i did score high. my brain got no damage🙂

  19. you cant imagine how happy this article has made me and my teddy bear! I take him everywhere too, and he even has his own instagram.

  20. Jim says:

    All my beary friends totally agree with the article. There is no friend like a teddy bear.

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