Friday, July 07, 2006

Everyday Things...

"...For I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances."
Philippians 4:11

Okay, well I'm learning to be content. Well, I'm trying to be content. Okay, I'm not really content, but I know that I should be. Does that count?

I wanted to participate in Everyday Mommy's Friday meme called "Everyday Things", in my quest for contentment! This week it seems I've been reflecting on when my children were babies. Therefore, I will show you my everyday thing:

Yes, it is a thumb! See, I've been the fortunate mother of three thumb-suckers! My children have all been able to comfort themselves. In the age of toys-galore (which we have too!), they've been easily comforted by their thumb! Our world seems so crowded and so complex. So much in our lives is overwhelming. How wonderful that God thought to give us a thumb - a perfect fit in our mouths that gives us comfort!

How to calm that fussy baby? The thumb! How to temporarily ease that hungry baby? The thumb! How to help that baby go to sleep? The thumb! How to still a fearful toddler? The thumb!

Now, I know what you are thinking? Braces! I was worried about that too - until I talked to my dentist! He told Game Master (when he was 4 and I was pushing for him to stop sucking his thumb) that almost every child needs braces, regardless of whether they suck their thumb or not! He told me to relax and not worry about it. (This dentist would not benefit in anyway from my children having to wear braces, by the way!)

And so, relax, I did! Game Master stopped when he was ready. Sucking their thumbs has been something that they enjoy! I don't have to take it away from them! This makes them content... and thus makes mommy content!


Susanne said...

Cute! I never had a thumb sucker.

Beck said...

That's a sweet post! It's so hard to be gentle with kids' happiness - your lucky kids have a sensitive mom.

Reverberate58 said...

I sucked my thumb out of habit until I was in the 7th grade. And I have never needed braces! And that thumb was indeed my best comfort! Creative Friday Everyday Things!

Tammy said...

That is so cute...although neither I nor my kids have sucked their thumb for some reason...
I want to be more content also and just may be participating soon in Everyday. As a new blogger, it's so fun to see all the little "groups" that are formed!
Thank you for visiting my site...I hope you come back! (And I plan on dropping by again, too!) :)

Malissa said...

Hey whatever works right?:)

meLanie said...

i think it is the sweetest thing when kids suck their thumbs, i even try with our baby to put it in her mouth... but we've never had a thumb sucker..
totally off the subject- but what ciriculum do you use with your kids? i have been using abeka- but am looking for something different for our kind. especially. any sug?

Katrina said...

Good post! I wish my 6-week-old would learn to open up that thumb and get it in his mouth. :) He gets a fist up there, but it's not quite as satisfying!