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sucking my thumb

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My Mum tried everything to stop my thumb sucking. One tactic was the "it'll get smaller". So I kept checking my thumbs and the one I suck was (and still is) longer than the other. That idea proved wrong she tried to have me believe I would get buck teeth. The older I got the more my teeth stuck out and it looked like she was right. Then At 12 years old I was at the othadontists to have a brace fitted (to correct my buck teeth). My mother grabbed the opportunity and said "Her teeth stick out because she sucks her thumb don't they?" "No!" was the reply, "It's because her jaw is too small!"

Ha!

I am now 29 and occaisionally still suck my thumb.

Julia
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My cousin had a problem with sucking her thumb. My Father told her that if she sucked her thumb for too long, that her face would turn inside out.

Veshka
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I used to suck my thumb horribly, until my mother told me about the thumb snipper who would cut off my thumbs if he saw me doing it.

Being a nervous, gullible cild I immediately stopped - and instead I used to suck on my little finger. Aftter all, the thumb snipper only snipped thumbs! I still do that now when I'm thinking about something.

Lia
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When I was little, I sucked my thumb. To get me to stop, my father showed me HIS thumbs, side by side, and said "See how this one's shorter? that's the thumb I sucked. If you don't want to have a short thumb, you'd better stop sucking it." I did, and both thumbs are now the same size.

I've used this on all three of my children, with great results. ROFL

Matt in Santa Clarita
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My uncle's thumb was blown off by a grenade in the Korean war. When I was little, he told me that he had sucked it off to get me to stop sucking my thumb.

Megan
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When I was about 5 my mom made we wear a glove so I wouldn't suck my thumb. I saw my grandmother wearing gloves one Sunday and assumed she too sucked her thumb and called her out on it.

Rick Wester
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I was told when I was little that if I sucked my thumb the hair on it would keep growing and growing until my thumb was covered in hair like Cousin It and then I would cough up hairballs like my cats. Scared me straight! I mean who wants cousin it for a thumb? hehe

Anon
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In first grade, my friend Jonathan and I had a bad habit of sucking our thumbs all the time. Everyone started copying us to the point were almost everyone in first grade(and some kindergardeners) sucked their thumb all day long.

In order to stop everyone from sucking their thumb my teacher(A Nun) told us that if we continued to suck our thumbs, that they would fill with water and either eventually fall off or explode!!! I imagined life without a thumb and having to explain to my mom that my thumb exploded because I wouldn't stop sucking it. It creeped me out.

I stopped immediantly, but Jonathan sucked his thumb until 3rd grade...go figure...

little girl big imagination
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when i was very young i used to suck my thumb all the time. i was out with my mother at work when she noticed my thumb was a bit red and swollen from my constant sucking at it. She then told me if i continued to suck my thumb it would keep growing and growing until one day it would explode. i stopped sucking my thumb at that very moment.

aquinn
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I used to believe that every time i sucked my thumb it would loose all its blood, and in the end rot. I was 5 at the time, and dad was quite desperate for me to stop, when he told me this story. I stopped sucking my thumb at once, and tried various ways to get more blood into my thumb, as I'd been sucking it since I was a baby. I can't believe how stupid i was!

JDO
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My dad told me, when I was about 3 or 4, that if I sucked my thumb, a garden gnome would come in the night and cut it off. I was terrified of garden gnomes, positive that they came alive after dark. needless to say, i stopped sucking my thumb!

Fiona
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I sucked my thumb until first grade or so - a big part of what made me stop was that my Mom told me that, if I kept sucking my thumb, I would end up looking like Freddie Mercury. I was probably the only first grader who knew who Freddie Mercury was and I was petrified of looking like him.

Devon
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When i was about 2 or 3 years old i always sucked my thumb and no matter what my parents did i wouldn't stop. Well any way my nan had lost the top half of the outer fingers on her right hand working in a meat factory when machinary squahsed them.. one day she decided to tell me that it was the result of sucking her thumb when she was my age... i don't think i've ever sucked my thumb after that -_-

Anon
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I used to suck my thumb and rub my top lip at the same time. My mom told me that this would stimulate the hairs to grow and I'd end up with a moustache - not nice on girls (or men come to think of it)!

LittleSis
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I was a devout thumbsucker for many years. Needless to say, my mother hated this and tried everything to get me to stop. When rubbing pepper and vinegar and all sorts of other nasty things on my thumb didn't work she resorted to telling me all sorts of horrible stories. Once she told me that if I didn't stop sucking my thumb I would grow up to have a horse face (big mouth and buck teeth). It scared me stiff, but I didn't stop sucking my thumb. I would just suck my thumb and cry about the ugly face I was bound to have. Finally my father broke down and told me that nothing like that would happen. Thanks Dad!

lil' lyssa
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I used to suck my thumb and my dentist always told me not to. One time she mentioned that my teeth were becomming the same shape as my thumb. Of couse she meant my teeth were starting to stick out to fit my thumb, but I thought she meant my two front teeth looked like thumbs. I was self-concious of my thumb-shaped teeth for years!!

*Cara*
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I used to think that when I covered my mouth while sucking my fingers that mom wouldn't be able to tell. However she'd always yell over to me to take it out of my mouth. And I used to think, "Wow - mom has x-ray powers; she's like superman!"

still sucking fingers 27 years strong!!
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My mom was concerned about my thumb sucking and made every attempt to make me stop sucking it. In shear despiration she told me that it I continued to suck my thumb my thumb would turn black and fall off. Although I was a little frightened I continued to suck my thumb. A couple of nights later I woke up and was tramatized by my BLACK thumb!! I cried all day and prayed saying I would NEVER suck my thumb again if only I could keep my thumb. Years later I learned my black thumb, was only shoe polish!! On the up side I stopped sucking my thumb!

Carolyn
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Everybody in my family used to tell me that if I kept sucking my thumb, it would shrink and all that would be left is a tiny little nub. From that day on until I was about 10, I compared my thumbs every morning.

Abbe
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When I was about 5, my father told me if I were to keep sucking on my thumb, it would grow bigger than the other. To this day, I meassure the length of my thumbs to see if they are even!

Wolf Tears
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