Owen’s REAL intervention …

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a fun teaser video for the Dirty Little Secrets series we are currently in at church. We have had some great response to it and have heard of a ton of people passing the video around. That’s cool. Well, tonight, was Owen’s real “intervention”. He started at a new sitter this week and has pretty much kicked the binkie habit during the nap, so he only asked for it at night. We thought that this weekend was the best time to have him kick the habit altogether, but we wanted to make it fun for him.

The night started off getting a pumpkin. Instead of the hectic big pumpkin patch, we decided to head over to a local church’s patch and pick one from their bunch. It was actually a really great find and the pumpkins were pretty cheap. Owen found some that he could hold in his arms and talked about them all night long …

After the pumpkin patch, we headed down the road to dinner at Il Vincino – one of our favorite pizza places in town. The cool thing about this was instead of crayons and paper, they give kids pizza dough to play with before dinner. That was nice …

So after the pumpkins and pizza, it was time for the intervention. The car-ride was tough. We tried to talk with Owen that tonight he was going to say goodbye to “binkie” forever. We started practicing saying “Bye Binkie!” He followed suit and all was good. The intervention was held at Build-A-Bear workshop. We decided instead of cutting the tip or just getting rid of it, we would let Owen be a part of it by putting it in a stuffed animal that he could “hug if he missed the pacifier”. So we made it to Build-A-Bear …

He was definitely overwhelmed by the store in general, but he soon picked out an elephant and we began the journey.

He was happy with his choice and was (surprisingly) happy to put his binkie in the elephant forever.

He stuffed the animal full of the good stuff and right before he was sewn up, he was supposed to kiss a heart to put in the animal. Instead, he bit it.

After the elephant was put together and “brought to life” we walked over to fill out the information for the birth certificate.

We named the elephant “BINX” so Owen can associate it with his binkie.

After we got home and ready for bed, we decided to try out the whole thing to see if it actually worked. He went to bed fine and didn’t cry once for his binkie!



9 thoughts on “Owen’s REAL intervention …

  1. That is such a great idea! That is awesome and I’m glad it worked! (I hope it continues) :) He is so cute!

  2. jimryanjackson says:

    That is so smart! You guys are great parents!!

  3. Shenna says:

    Hope you don’t mind me posting that on my blog. I saw the blog address on your facebook and…ta-da! The single best idea I’ve seen for getting rid of the binkie. Hope it continues to work for you!

  4. Erica says:

    Love this idea!
    Nobody gets hurt, no hard feelings, no long airplane rides to obscure rehab facilities! What a successful intervention!

  5. Kristi says:

    You guys are very creative. Owen is growing up so fast!

  6. Andrea says:

    I wish I would have thought of that. My daughter was a binky freak. We had to put hers in an envelope that was addressed to, “sick babies in the hospital what don’t have binkies.” Yes, direct quote from her. I love your idea much more.

  7. GK says:

    Great idea! But what if he had been a thumb sucker? We have a couple of those in our family.

  8. Wow, that is the best binkie intervention story I have ever heard. Being a good parent takes creativity and you guys nailed that on the head. Good Job!

  9. I think this officially makes you guys the smartest parents ever. He is too adorable. He will love that little elephant forever, I’m sure.

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