I’m getting ready to answer a question that was sent in to me on my Sue Atkins Parenting Show podcast about dummies, worrying whether it’s OK to use one, and how to get kids off them. You can listen to all my episodes HERE.
I shot to the front page of The Mirror awhile back in my defence of David Beckham and little Harper having a dummy 4. My answer surprised lots of people !
‘Parenting expert Sue Atkins has shot to David Beckham‘s defence after the former footballer was slammed for allowing his four-year-old daughter Harper to use a dummy.
While some were outraged that Harper is allowed to use a dummy at her age, Sue praised David for the “joyous” family picture and insisted it shouldn’t matter to members of the public whether the youngster has a dummy or not.
“I thought it was a joyous picture of a family having fun.”
The pictures led to reports suggesting that Harper could develop “speech or dental issues” later in life, but TV presenter Sue has insisted there are plenty of positives to using a dummy.
She said: “I think that’s great. It gives a child security. Lots of children have them at night time. It helps them to sleep. Sometimes it’s a habit.
“I often say to parents, ‘Work together with your kids.’ Don’t just say, ‘At 4 o’clock tomorrow, throw the dummy away.’
David, who also has kids Brooklyn 16, Romeo, 12 and 10-year-old Cruz with wife Victoria – wrote: “Why do people feel they have the right to criticize a parent about their own children without having any facts ??
“Everybody who has children knows that when they aren’t feeling well or have a fever you do what comforts them best and most of the time it’s a pacifier so those who criticize think twice about what you say about other people’s children because actually you have no right to criticize me as a parent…(sic)”
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