Our expert says:
Annoying indeed, but normal - let's see what other moms among our readers can say, based on their own experiences. Such things, especially the bersie, are wjhat we call Transitional Objects, and are used by kids as part of psychological growth and development, to comfort themselves when feeling insecure. This fits with the clingy behaviours you have noticed.
This could be related to the change of schools ( especially as you noticed a lessening of such behaviours not long before ).
There could be other factors, as well, as a kid worried about one transition as to a bigger school, can become sensitized to other worries, and even watching the news or TV shows gives anoyone many things to worry about.
If this doesn't settle in a few more weeks, it could help for her to see a child shrink for a fuller assessment, which they can do very gently, and specific advice.
Have you discussed this frankly and gently with her ? What does she think and feel about the thumb-sucking, and about her fears ?
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