Posted on 7/20/2021
Research finds that so-called “sippy cups” – spill-free cups used by most American preschoolers – are linked to speech problems as well as early dental issues. A sippy cup’s spout depresses a...
Posted on 4/12/2016
Q: Our 7-year-old son has sucked his thumb forever and more or less constantly. He has recently switched to sucking his index finger and putting his right hand down the back of his pants at the...
Posted on 8/27/2013
In a recent column I said thumb-sucking is not, as was once thought, a sign of insecurity or other psychological problems. Well-adjusted children suck their thumbs and grow up to be...
Posted on 8/13/2013
Q: My 5-year-old is going to Kindergarten soon and still sucks her thumb. We've tried everything to get her to stop, even a dental appliance, but she won't give it up. Do you have a solution for...
Posted on 7/20/2010
Sleeping with stuffed toys
Q: My husband recently discovered that our 7-year-old son has been sucking on his stuffed animals when we put him to bed. He took the animals away, telling our son he...
Posted on 6/23/2009
SORRY, DEAR READER: 'THE DOCTOR' IS IN
More from the mailroom:
Reader Objects to My Favorite Therapist: One woman believes that I am wrong to invent "The Doctor" as a means of persuading...
Posted on 8/1/2006
TELL 5-YEAR-OLD HER HABIT ANNOYS YOU
Q: My 5-year-old has been sucking her thumb since she was 2 months old. The problem is she likes to touch faces when she's doing it. She will snuggle up to...
Posted on 6/14/2005
DISCIPLINE'S GOAL: ADULTS WITH CHARACTER
With rare exception, today's parents believe discipline is all about the clever manipulation of reward and punishment. They think this because...
Posted on 6/24/2003
MISBEHAVIOR BY STUBBORN CHILDREN REQUIRES STUBBORN LOVE AND DISCIPLINE
The following are some things I've been thinking about lately. I thought perhaps you might want to think about them, too....
Posted on 6/11/2002
LET THE CHILD KEEP HIS SECURITY TOWEL
Q: About two years ago, our 3-year-old son developed a fondness for kitchen towels, similar to some children's attachment to security blankets. At first,...