He is six and still sucks his thumb. Not all the time – only when he is holding his blanket, which we have limited to night time. And I am left wondering, is it time I demand he stop and take the blanket away completely? Or do I gradually allow him to wean himself off when he is ready?
For me, motherhood is full of questioning and self-doubt. I read books, articles, and studies. I ask advice from multiple people. Yet, I still constantly wonder…am I doing the right thing? Am I making the best choices for each of my sons. Am I firm enough yet nurturing? Do I set clear boundaries while cultivating independence? Am I feeding them enough nutritious food while also allowing treats? Am I doing everything I can to help them develop into, hard-working, loving, and thoughtful individuals who will experience a meaningful and rewarding life?
While I fear I’m making the wrong decision, I am letting him have his special time with his blanket. I see how it comforts him and brings out his tenderness. I see how much love he has for it and how important it is to his night time routine. So for now, I will continue to enjoy the snuggles and take one day at a time.
Following the circle and see my dear friend Teresa’s thoughts on motherhood this month.