I was perusing Facebook yesterday, and Parenting.com had posted that Suri Cruise had been photographed with a binky. *Gasp* The horror! I guess the big deal is that she’s almost 5 years old. There were MANY judgemental comments on that posting by people.
Here’s my take: if it’s not a safety issue, who cares? I had one child who gave up his binky easily. I have another who is 4 years old, and still needs that oral sensory input.
Have we tried to do away with the binky? Sure. Has anything we’ve tried worked? No. And don’t tell me that I just don’t want to listen to my child fuss and that’s why I haven’t worked harder to take it away. To that I say, “How about we just cut off your thumb sucker’s thumb?” It’s a whole new ball game when it’s a sensory thing vs. only a comfort object.
Oh, and his teeth? Just fine thank you. Our dentist (who has no financial gain from braces) is of the mind that until their adult teeth come in, thumb sucking and binkies are just fine.
I feel as a parent of two autistic boys, and one who also has ADD, we have bigger things to worry about right now than some little ol’ binky. Before you judge, you may want to remember that you don’t know the whole story.
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