The Questioning

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.



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