Sunday, April 22, 2007


Addiction is a terrible thing, and it's hitting our children at such an early age.

Below is an email I recieved from my sister-in-law (names have been left blank to protect the innocent. . .)

Her name is __________ and she is a "bink-aholic".

For the past 3 years she has needed a 'bink' as soon as she woke up, when she was in the car, when she played, when she watched TV, when she met new people, to go to sleep and even in the middle of the night she would wake up for a 'bink'. The only time she didn't require a 'bink', was bath time and to eat and even then she would still have her 'bink' within arms reach.

Both _____ and I take full responsibility of enabling her in her addiction because she was a lot more fun when she was 'binking'! :)

I have spent a lot of time praying this week, for much needed strength, in not breaking down and getting her a 'bink', especially at naptime.

She has gone through a lot of withdrawal this week and hit the sorrow, anger and regret stages, but we are proud to say she has been 'bink' free for 7 days!!

She still asks for a 'bink' every once in a while, so if you see her and she tries to sneak one from you, please do not give her any!

We appreciate your support and prayers while we continue with her recovery.

Love, _____, _____ and a new (more violent, vocal, moody) ______ :)

P.S. It actually hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be! She only beat me up 4 times and I only yelled at her once!

Well, I'm here to say I support this wonderful family and I, myself, am a fully recovered 'bink-aholic.' (I gave mine to Santa when I was 3).


Audra said...

Too funny! Corynn is a recovered bink-aholic as well. The twins never used them- but Corynn NEEDED hers from the day she was born and nurse stuck it in her mouth.

I dreaded the day we would have to take it away- it was literally attached to her with a clip! John kept telling her to throw it away- and she would just look at him. Then one day we were at swim lessons and she just walked up to the trash can and threw it away. that was that. She never asked for it again.

I think we got off lucky!

Hollie said...

We told Mckenzie that her Papa Paul (my step-grandpa) needed it and we gave it to him. She LOVES Papa Paul so she wouldn't get sad when we told her that. She would just have this puzzled look on her face. It was sad though. She loved that binki. It took about 3 or 4 days till she stopped talking about it.

~j. said...

Woah. Bink-ditching can be so dramatic. Seriously, I fear that my oldest will one day require therapy and will search her memory and reach: "And then, they made me throw out my binky on my third birthday!!! Whyyyyyy???!!"

Jennifer said...

To funny. I have had several bink-aholics in my household.

Lyle said...

Only our oldest became semi-reliant on the bink. I don't even rightfully recall what we did to get her to stop using one.

Of course our youngest is still attached to his sippy cup... at night. Silly boy sleeps through the night. The sippy cup usually rests on the dresser next to his bed and stays there all night long.