Woman, 34, quit sucking her thumb

Woman, 34, quit sucking her thumb
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[Ed. – Get inspired.]

If you, dear reader, aren’t an adult thumb-sucker, I guarantee you know someone who is.

Possibly several someones. There’s a lot more of us than we let on.

I discovered this shortly after my son was born. I was taking an infant massage class at our local breastfeeding cafe, and a fellow mom was complaining that she didn’t know what to do about her older child’s thumb-sucking.

For the first time in my adult life, I felt compelled to speak up and out myself. And suggest that maybe her daughter would end up like me — not a buck-toothed troll but a relatively normal human being who happens to have a socially unacceptable but otherwise harmless personal habit.

What happened next blew my mind!

Four of the other moms spoke up and confessed to being adult thumb-suckers too. That’s right. Five out of the seven moms in the room had continued to suck their thumbs as adults. …

I asked myself: What would be the hardest decision for me to make? What would be the hardest habit for me to shift?

And so, on a cold November morning, stepping out of my icy shower, I vowed that I would be the kind of person who could stop sucking my thumb. Just because I decided to — and not for guilt or shame or any of the other reasons that had motivated me in the past.

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