Disturbing Old School Discipline
My children both gave up the binky on their own when they were 3-years-old. I loved their binky and found myself stocking up, in the event I happen to lose one....there was always another one handy. It comforted them and comforted me. But everyone in my family was bothered by their dependence on the binky. They offered up advice on how to get them to stop using it. "Put some Jalapeño juice on it, that'll get them to stop." I told them, "If it bothers you, close your eyes or look the other way." C'mon! How mean is that!!
Then I read this article, "Mom Thought Chili Powder Safe For Baby". Where the 6-month-old baby in question died due to her young, troubled mother putting a chili powder concoction to have her daughter stop sucking her thumb.
What's next?? Getting a spray water bottle with one part water and two parts jalapeño juice and spraying it from a distance, a la George Lopez' comedy routine?? Being a parent is hard work and there should be no short cuts. Especially cruel ones like these...