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Yo, what's up with all the pre-school and kindergarteners with the pacifiers still stuck in their mouths?

I'm going through a veritable ton of Facebook photo updates from friends who took their kids-or-nieces/nephews-or-Godchildren trick or treating over the weekend.

A plethora of 3-4-5 year old Firemen, Pirates, and Tinkerbells, all grinning with a plastic pumpkin full of enough refined sugar to keep them hyper for a week. All with a paci stuck in their mouths. This is not okay, new parents of my generation. If your child is old enough to walk and talk upon its own accord, it's old enough to leave the paci at home. Especially on Halloween. Your mouth should be full of candy, kid, not a rubber nipple.

Maybe I just never noticed before, but this seems to be a newish trend- kids being babied past the time when they are actually babies. I went out to eat with a friend and her 4 year old a few weeks ago, and the kid had a paci in his mouth the whole time- while talking, while eating, while playing with the salt and pepper shakers on the Formica table. By the end of the meal, he had the most disgusting ring of drool/chewed food/detritus around his mouth I've ever seen. GROSS.

TAKE THE PACI OUT, PEOPLE. TAKE IT OUT! and don't start with me about how "each kid is different" and "I don't understand about security items". I sucked my thumb until I hit puberty. I just knew not to do it in public. I'm not saying take it out forever. Just reserve it for "at home" time. Because a 5 year old trick or treating with a paci is just weird.


Date: 2009-11-02 10:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I like how pacifiers make babies look like they're using tiny rebreathers. Like Batman would in a room full of poison gas.

Date: 2009-11-03 09:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

You know, that's an idea there.... they already make a line of novelty pacifiers where the babies have teeth and shit. Maybe you can design a line of "baby comic" relevant pacis? You could make a killing, CJ.


Date: 2009-11-03 11:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
okay, now that's awesome!

Date: 2009-11-03 05:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Those are probably the same parents who will be their kid's bitch in a few years. The type you see in the grocery store where the kid tells the parents what it wants, and the parents fail to say no.

Date: 2009-11-03 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
ie, the parents of our generation? Have you actually SEEN any of your friends who are parents now discipline their kid? I haven't.

Date: 2009-11-03 11:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, the only friend with a kid that I actually interact with only has a 1 year old. But there was a little bit of disciplining when she tried playing with an outlet.

Date: 2009-11-03 07:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
but this seems to be a newish trend- kids being babied past the time when they are actually babies.

Which fits in well with the trend of adults acting like children far past the time when they are actual children. It's the first step towards our inevitable future as pod people slaves.

Date: 2009-11-03 08:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
...are you trying to tell me I have to start paying attention to due dates on bills and actually BUYING toilet paper instead of stealing it from bar bathrooms and out from under friend's sinks? LALALAAAA I CAN'T HEAR YOU LALALALALA I CAN'T HEAR YOU SALAH LALALALA!

Date: 2009-11-04 01:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
There is absolutely no correlation between "adulthood" and "financial responsibility" Buying toilet paper is for suckers and the newly wealthy.

Date: 2009-11-03 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
As the mother of a former thumbsucker and a current trying-not-to-be-a-thumbsucker-anymore, what I don't understand is how these suckmonsters HAVEN'T FOUND THEIR OWN DAMN THUMBS. I mean, the whole point of a pacifier is to soothe a baby too young to get his/her thumb in her mouth and self-comfort. (Watching a baby find its thumb for the first time is one of the most hilarious/heartbreaking moments in parenting.) Why a kid with a thumb would want a gross piece of plastic is beyond me.

Date: 2009-11-03 08:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
A kid with a thumb in his mouth is also WAY CUTER than a stupid paci. I'm pretty sure once I found my thumb (9 months) I never used one again.

For me, quitting my thumb was harder than quitting anything else. I mean, it's RIGHT THERE, on your hand! Cigarettes can be thrown away, same for candy. Finally, my gramma made like an oven mit thing out of the same material as my security blanket and I'd put it on my hand before I went to sleep so I couldn't suck in my sleep. But still. I didn't do sleepovers for years because of it.


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