Zoe is a thumb sucker. She always has been, but I’m hoping she won’t always be. When we realized it early on, we tried to give her a pacifier, knowing that it’s easier to take away a paci than it is to take away a thumb. She wouldn’t have it.
More recently I’ve tried pleading with her. I’ve tried reasoning with her. I made sure the dentist told her how pretty her teeth are, but that they won’t always be if she keeps sucking her thumb. I told her princesses don’t suck their thumbs. I’ve tried to bribe her. Name the tactic, I’ve tried it.
Today I told her she’s such a big girl now that she’s four-years-old, and that she really should stop. She said, “But, Mom, I like sucking my thumb. How ’bout I stop when I’m five?”