Man, if there’s one thing that bugs me, it’s seeing people shove a pacifier in the mouth of their toddler or little person. Even babies with pacifiers bug me, but when the kid can start to talk and communicate, why on earth are these parents preventing them from having a voice by gagging them with a pacifier?
Maybe I just “don’t get it”, but if you use a pacifier with your kid, particularly one that’s older than, say, one year old, why? I have seen five or six year olds (not often, I admit) with pacifiers, and that’s just kinda freaky more than anything.
In general, pacifiers seem to be a holdover from a parenting philosophy of “children should be seen but not heard” which seems somewhat inexplicable too: why have kids if you don’t want them to be part of your life? I mean, is there any child who has parents who listen and never has anything to say? (I mean, pre-teen, of course!)
The use of pacifiers particularly bugs me with girls too, I must admit. I think that many girls have a significant issue with finding and having a voice as they grow up, and pacifiers just seem like a tangible way to say “shut up. We don’t want to hear about it.” which isn’t doing wonders for the little folks and their sense of self, is it?
Am I off-base here?