No, I'm not talking about kissing - which seems to be a timely topic these days in this forum. I'm talking about CONSTANTLY chewing on fingers, fingernails, hair, jewelry, etc. No surprise that nagging isn't working (i.e. telling her to remove whatever is in her mouth at the moment, taking away the necklace, asking her to put her hair in a pony, etc.). Last night, she was rolling something around in her mouth - sounded like a piece of hard candy, so I'm wondering why she's eating it without permission after she's already had a candybar, and I find out it's actually a penny! YUCK! She's going on 10, and has been oral since toddlerhood. Any way to successfully break this habit, replace it with another not so annoying, unsanitary, will-lead-people-to-think-you're-not-too-sure-of-yourself-or-what-you-have-to-say-cause-your-fingers-are-always-in-your-mouth habit? I have a 30 year old cousin who never broke this habit, and a lot of family members have a hard time understanding her because she talks with her hands, or her necklace, or a pencil (EWWW!) in her mouth. Pretty sure it doesn't help things during an interview, on a date, etc. either.
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8/2/03 at 4:25pm