David Decides About Thumbsucking
A story for children, plus a guide for parents and professionals. Five-year-old David sucks his thumb. His parents say it’s time to stop. David is mad; his thumb feels good in his mouth. He talks with his sister, and then his brother. He asks them why they decided to end their sucking habits and why they stopped. Then, David decides. The Parent Guide addresses myths and realities about thumbsucking. It contains comprehensive information and a review of relevant research for pediatricians, dentists, counselors and teachers, as well as for concerned parents.
- Do sucking habits make children less confident or more?
- Does thumbsucking really impact children’s teeth and facial appearance?
From the book David Decides About Thumbsucking My name is David. I want to ask you a hard question. Have you ever found yourself doing something you like and don’t like at the same time? I have. I like to suck my thumb. It feels good. When I’m bored, my thumb goes in my mouth. Sucking keeps me busy. When I feel sad, like after a fight with my mom, sucking makes me feel better. When I’m tired, sucking my thumb stops my fussing. Most of all, at night, my thumb sucks me to sleep. But … I don’t like anyone to see me with my thumb in my mouth. Sucking is for babies, and I’m getting big. Still, that thumb does feel good when I want it. One night when Dad sat on my bed to kiss me goodnight he told me, “David, maybe it’s time to stop thumbsucking.” I was mad. I put my thumb in my mouth. I pulled my blankets up over my head. In a few minutes, I felt calmer. Dad leaned toward me. He whispered, “David. Talk to your sister and brother. Ask them if they ever sucked their thumbs.”