My 4-year-old daugh­ter wants to keep her dummy. — How can I help her learn to do with­out it?

Milk Magazine (English) - - EDUCATION -

Caro­line Khanafer, clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist. 3 Take ad­van­tage of a hol­i­day or trip away from home and the ev­ery­day rou­tine. You can help your child say good­bye to her dummy by sym­bol­i­cally leav­ing it be­neath a tree (“the soother tree”) or by “giv­ing” it to an an­i­mal. It’s a gentle way of mov­ing onto other things. You can also make an ap­point­ment with a den­tist, who’ll ex­plain to her that dum­mies will harm her teeth. A doc­tor’s nat­u­ral au­thor­ity will make it eas­ier to ac­cept than sim­ply her par­ents for­bid­ding her to use it. Your child finds suck­ing her dummy sooth­ing. Per­haps it is hard for her to stop be­cause she needs re­as­sur­ing. Ask your­self why you gave her the dummy in the first place. At any rate, stop­ping her from suck­ing it will help her to ex­press her­self dif­fer­ently.

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