Thumb Sucking, Nail Biting, Lip Chewing, OH MY!

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Thumb sucking, nail biting, and lip chewing are very common bad habits, especially among children. Here are some strategies to help stop the problem.

Unfortunately my poor little daughter has a lip biting problem. It’s been going on for about 6 months now, and as much as she would like to stop she’s having a hard time with it. I’ve asked her dentist and her doctor, and both of them seemed to think that she would stop when winter came and made it uncomfortable due to dry and cracked lips. Nope. It just made it hurt but didn’t deter her. In fact, it seemed to make her bite them even more because they were so dry.

I’ve been doing a little research on the problem, and have come up with some common solutions to try and correct thumb sucking, nail biting, lip chewing. While they are all a little different, they are all bad habits that aren’t good for the lips or teeth. Here are some ideas:

  • Talking it out. Sometimes these problems are due to stress, and if you can relieve some of the stress and worry then the problem goes away naturally.
  • Put on lip balm, lip gloss, or lipstick. You’re more likely to stop and think before you bite or chew if you have one of these on your lips. And as an added bonus the lip balm can help heal your lips if they are dry from the biting.
  • Nagging can help. Normally I don’t advocate nagging, but sometimes (at least in my daughter’s case) she wasn’t realizing that she was biting her lips. Whenever I see her biting her lip I just say “LIP!” and she stops. It’s cut down on the lip biting by a small amount.
  • Medication. Well, not quite medication. I finally ordered a product called Mavala, and it’s mainly used for thumb sucking and nail biting, but I figured that it would work for the lip chewing as well. It looks and smells just like nail polish, and you paint it on. It’s supposed to last 2-3 per application and tastes really really bad. This has cut down on the lip chewing by about 80%. It’s a work in progress…

      I hope that you found this article helpful to stop the thumb sucking, nail biting, and lip chewing. It’s a really hard habit to break. I sucked my thumb much longer than it was acceptable. In the end, my dad bribed me with a really expensive electronic to stop sucking my thumb. That gives you an idea of how old I was…Good luck.

Love, DawnBlogtopus

Who Inspires You in Life?

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who do you find inspiring? maybe it’s a typical hero-type such as a firefighter, astronaut, or marine – or maybe it’s someone else…

Who do you really find inspiring? The people above are easy answers, they come straight to mind and are fairly universally accepted. While I find the people mentioned admirable, when I look for inspiration I look elsewhere. The single mom who works two jobs to feed her children and keep the lights on, the immigrant factory worker who sends his paycheck back home to take care of his elderly parents, or the child with cancer that just keeps fighting for life, because they have no other choice.


What to all of these people have in common? Hope. Hope for the future, hope for life to be fair, hope for life to become less of a burden and more of a gift. To give another person hope you need to show them that even if things are tough right now if they persevere there will be a light at the end of the tunnel, or a reward for the struggles that they are currently facing.

How are you living your life?


love, Dawnblogtopus

Life Too Busy?


Is your life extra busy? Here are some suggestions on how to chill out and get the most out of your time.

If you have kids, especially more than one, you are probably in the car for about 20% of your time each week. They kids need to be taken to school, playdates, the library, sports, etc. Not only that, you are probably doing their laundry, cleaning the house, and then cooking dinner. That isn’t even including if you have a full-time job! It’s important to stay calm even when you feel like you don’t have a moment for yourself. Here are some ideas to keep you sane.

Keep a Tight Schedule

One of the most important ways to maximize your time is to have a set schedule. You obviously know when you need to drop-off/pick-up the kids, but what about all of the extra-curricular activities that they participate in? How about the re-occurring doctor’s appointments?  Try to schedule your errands such as Target runs, grocery shopping, and the gym on the same days each week as well. It might not give you extra free time, but at least you know what you have on your plate for the upcoming week, and you might even be able to schedule yourself some “me time” in there somewhere.

“Me Time” is Important

It’s easy to get burned out when you have a full schedule, especially if most of the things on your schedule are doing things for other people. You need to schedule in some down time in your calendar as well. Getting through a crazy week is much easier if you know that you know that you are going to have a few hours of “me time” on Sunday afternoon. If you aren’t able to schedule yourself a large chunk of time every week, try scheduling in smaller half-hour bites of time every day.

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