I hate rules! – Heart talks with Dr. Teddy

Dr. Theodore Teddy


Hey kids!

How are you? My name is Dr. Teddy. I am here to help you with all the bad stuff that happens in your life. I am a bear counsellor. I am a specially trained teddy bear that has studied many years in how best to help people with their problems.

Every day we all face problems.I know some people who find getting out of bed a really hard thing to do. Us teddy bears have to sleep a lot. We have such a hard time getting out of bed after sleeping all winter and waking up in the spring. But I’m a teddy bear and you are boys and girls. You have to get up and go to school. How many of you have said, “Mom, I’m too tired. Just give me 15 more minutes sleep and then I’ll get up.” The fifteen minutes go by, then 20 and your mother knocks on your bedroom door. She is angry with you because she is late for work. She says, “Get out of bed now! If you don’t, you’re grounded!”

I know. It’s hard to do all the things your parents tell you to do. All you hear are rules, rules, rules. You are so sick of rules. If you had your own way you would sleep in as long as you want, eat all kinds of junk food, stay up late playing video games, calling your friends and watching TV. That all sounds like so much fun! I would like to do all of those things but I can’t. I have to be on one of those yuchy diets because I am allergic to many foods. Many people have allergies.. If you don’t know what an allergy is, remember when you ate or drank something that your body told you it hated. What did it do? You had red spots on you. Your face got really red. You couldn’t breathe that well. You may have had to go to the hospital to be given medicine to make you feel better. I have had to go to the hospital many times for my allergies.

Kids, your parents make rules because they love you. They don’t want you to get hurt. They don’t want you to get sick. They want you to get good marks at school so you have a better chance of getting a good job when you grow up.

I know. There are so many rules where you live and go to school. You think what a great thing it would be to have your own life without rules. I thought that when I was eight years old. I didn’t like all the rules of my parents. One day I asked my mother if I could go playing in a river with my cousin, Paul, who is also a teddy bear of course. My mother told me I had to stay home. I yelled at her and said, “I will never speak to you again!”

I thought my mother was being mean. I was so angry at her! I made my mother cry. I didn’t care. I wanted my own way. I loved playing with my cousin. We were like that friend that is a special friend you keep with you your whole life. Paul and I had so much fun together when we took turns acting like those people you see on TV shows. We would laugh and play all day when we didn’t have to go to school.

Something really awful happened that day. A few hours later, my mother told me my cousin drowned when the barrel boat made from a huge oil can turned over. His older brother, Stephen, who was steering the boat lived. He tried so hard to save his brother diving in the water so many times, but it was too late.

I cried a lot when my cousin died. I felt sick in my tummy for being so mean to my mother. I told her I was so sorry for hurting her.

From that day on I did my best to follow all the rules of my parents. I know they have rules because they love me.

So, kids, when you think your parents have too many rules don’t forget the sad story about my cousin.

I Know. Rules are yuchy. But always know your parents have a reason for them because they love you so much.

That’s all for now. Dr. Teddy has to get back to answering emails from other children, teenagers and parents.

Have a beary wonderful week!

Dr. Theodore Teddy

Kids, parents, teenagers and adults, do you have a question for Dr. Teddy? Is there a problem you or your friends are having that you would like me to write about? Just send me an email at DrTeddy@youcanhopeagaincounselling.com and I’ll answer it. If anyone, and that includes you too kids and teenagers, has a suggestion for a topic you would like me to write about, please send me an email at: DrTeddy@youcanhopeagaincounselling.com. If I use your idea, I will publish your name as my special


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