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comment How can we help my 7 year old quit sucking her thumb?
I'm making this a comment because it's purely anecdotal: I sucked my thumb until I was about seven. My parents (read: mother) told me that if I stopped, I would get big girl furniture for my room. So I did; if I thought about thumbsucking, I'd read a book instead (reading required both hands) or I'd go play with toys or something. At night, I'd sleep with my right hand (my preferred thumb) under my pillow and/or under my head so that I wouldn't suck it by accident. It was hard, but Big Girl Furniture for my room was way more important to me than thumbsucking. I also realize it was bribery, ha!
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comment How do you respond to a teenager who has started to smoke?
You'll also have your sense of smell and taste diminished significantly. Like food? Enjoy ash!
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comment How do you respond to a teenager who has started to smoke?
Also, the terminal patients are usually much older, and "rebellious youth" will likely not feel the pressing nature of the message.