What did parents, step-parents, and the general population do before they could turn to the World Wide Web for advice on literally any matter that arose? Who knows, and thank goodness we don’t have to worry about it because we have all the answers and opinions right at our fingertips at a moment’s notice.
There is truly no end to strange questions and situations and in most scenarios where the subject matter is a little unusual, you can generally rely on the good folk of the interwebs to give you and yours a right roasting and knock you down a peg or two.
That’s why I was mightily surprised, and actually rather impressed when I read some responses to a stepmother’s plea for ways to get her 18-year-old (yes, that’s years, not months) to stop sucking a dummy to sleep at night.
On this week’s episode of Mamamia Out Loud, the podcast with what women are talking about, Holly Wainwright, Mia Freedman and Jessie Stephens discussed how Elf on the Shelf is everything that’s wrong with modern parenting. Post continues.
If you’re a parent who has used dummies (the bloody miracle, noise-silencing, some-say-speech-delaying and tooth-mangling miracles they are), you’ll be well aware of the judgement and scorn that surrounds the use of these polarising pieces of plastic and rubber. I personally am well-versed in it; having had two children who were completely addicted to theirs until the age of four (the third kid wouldn’t take one, despite my best efforts to force them into his screamy little gob).
Anyway, back to the 18-year-old comfort sucker.
“My 18-year-old stepdaughter still sucks on a dummy while she sleeps,” the concerned (and possibly embarrassed) parent wrote on Quora.
“We thought we’d weaned her off it six months ago, but I found another dummy in her bedroom. What can I do?”