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FirstLock turned 8 on Monday. He is still very attached to his Elmo stuffed animal. He's had one since he was two. This is actually his third Elmo. His first had cracked eyeballs and was becoming a safety hazard. His second was the "eyeball-less Elmo." His eyes had fallen off and his nose had been chewed off. He was hideous. He got left in a locker at the YMCA when FirstLock was in Kindergarten and was lost. FirstLock went Elmo-less for about six months and then broke in his current Elmo. (After the demise of the first Elmo, my wife stocked up on identical Elmos at thrift sales and what-not. We forgot to hide them once FirstLock got older.) FirstLock always sleeps with Elmo, and we generally have to tell him that Elmo cannot come to school or cub scouts or other places outside of the house, but we will let him come to events that are going to be very stressful (like the doctor) or when we travel over-night. The psychologist is suggesting that we wean him off Elmo and onto other more age appropriate toys. What are your feelings?

1. Slowly wean him off Elmo.
2. Say Elmo never leaves the house, but let him have him at home all he wants.
3. Take Elmo away completely.
4. He should wake up one morning with an Elmo head in his bed.

Slowly wean him off of Elmo.
Institute an "Elmo never leaves the house rule"
Take Elmo away completely
Elmo Head!

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