My Sister-in-law informed me that my nephew Landon ( will be 2 in June) has been without his pacifier since this Monday, today is the 4th day! Way to go little guy! Her strategy was to tell him that Binky went bye bye. My niece Madison is 2 and binky is still used. Parents come up with clever strategies to change behaviors, also keep in mind children have different personalities and learning curves. Basically to parents, do not feel like your child is behind, you know your child better than any leading authority. It is amazing how some children skip pacifier stage. It is written in parenting books that after a certain age it can hinder a child’s speech abilities.
My buddy called the other day with such self accomplishment of being the top reader in his 2nd grade division. I got to hear the smile through his voice, which was a special gift to me. I’m a proud Aunt ! I told him that his award was a big deal. Reading is a tool for life. As we all know, the US Literacy rate is in the toilet. Kids need to be motivated and inspired regarding their reading abilities, their education, period!