I am a teacher by profession, and I agree with Teacher Tom here, who shares his wisdom (and wisdom from Mister Rogers) about the volunteer parents caring for the children in his cooperative preschool. Give children freedom to learn through playing and trust the love and care that thoughtful parents bestow on all of the children in their own child’s community. This is a strong foundation for a lifetime love of learning.
“It’s love and play that form the foundation of a good education. Without that, the rest is worse than useless, it’s meaningless.”
I tried to avoid it as long as I could but I realized a pacifier was the only thing that would calm him. My son is now 2 and we are trying to wean him from the pacifier but it’s proving to be very difficult. For the most part, it’s “out of sight, out of mind”, but without the pacifier, he is just sticking everything else in his mouth anyway. He also as gotten used to having it during stressful situations such as transitions during the day, so he will ask for it when children are arriving and departing from daycare.
I don’t like that he has developed this dependency, and of course, the pacifiers go missing frequently so I always have to have a supply on hand. It’s hard to take a picture of him without it in his mouth and I don’t want all of his baby pictures to be of him with a pacifier in his mouth. It’s hard to understand his words when he has a pacifier in his mouth. There are so many reasons why I think it’s time to get rid of them, but I’m relieved to learn that I don’t need to be in a rush.