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Thumbingo!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  As a parent, there's so much I'm thankful for, but I feel compelled to dedicate this blog post to thanking our dentist for giving us a copy of Thumbingo.

When I was a child, I was a serious thumb-sucker.  I must've sucked my thumb till I was seven-years-old.  My mother finally broke the habit by dousing my thumb in a bitter concoction that was housed in a little, black vial.  Although, this quickly broke the habit, I ended up having braces for 3 years in my teens and my right thumb is still a bit misshapen.

I now have 2 daughters who both began sucking their thumb at 3-months-old.  My husband and I used to say that their thumbs were a god-send, because they would soothe themselves to sleep so easily.  At my older daughter's 4-year-old dental check-up, however, the dentist recommended I break the habit soon and handed me a Thumbingo chart and some stickers.  Of course, I waited 11 more months after that visit, and a month before she turned five, I brought out the Thumbingo.

I honestly had very low expectations that this would actually work.  The dentist told me that it's imperative I choose a "Bonus Prize" that is extraordinary.  I talked it over with my daughter and we agreed that on "Free" days she would get ice cream, and the "Bonus Prize" would be a visit to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and a day spent at Disneyland.

Every night that she was able to fall asleep without sucking her thumb, she woke up and put a sticker on her Thumbingo chart.  We went a few days without having a single sticker on the board, but then something clicked and she was so motivated by the stickers and prizes that she broke the habit within a week.  It was a very pleasant way of breaking a habit, and we had a blast at Disneyland last week!

I have to say that I'm not sure this will work for my younger daughter, but perhaps with time and maturity?  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I, for one, am looking forward to spending quality time with my loved ones.




Chad Riddersen
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Clarence
Clarence

July 02, 2015

Hmmm.. thumbingo. Never heard of that one. Seems like a cool idea. My daughter and I wrote a book together to get her off thumb sucking. Needless to say, all of the thumb sucking talk eventually got her to stop. Feel free to check it out below. Children books definitely help.

Hmmm.. thumbingo. Never heard of that one. Seems like a cool idea. My daughter and I wrote a book together to get her off thumb sucking. Needless to say, all of the thumb sucking talk eventually got her to stop. Feel free to check it out below. Children books definitely help.I’m not a vampire, I just suck my thumb
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