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Curse Breaking….A Cry for Help

In Uncategorized on Monday, October 13, 2008 at 3:31 am

If you’ve kept up with this blog or gotten to know the people of the Many Meadows, you’ve probably figured out that we kids just don’t have much baggage from the past or curses to break that Grandpa (Dirk) and Mimi (Robin) Meadows have passed down to us. 

But it’s just time to come clean about something. 

There is a nasty little thing that Mimi Meadows has cursed the future generations with.  This addiction, if found in the genes of one of the Meadows, will take over and consume many a moment.  (And I know Mimi Meadows just doesn’t want us to air our dirty laundry on this blog – I mean I had to hack into the system to even get this little story posted.  So please read this as fast as you can and tell everyone to get over here quick before she deletes this very important cry for help.)  Ok, here it is . . . this bothers me to even say it because yes, I am a partaker in and carrier of the curse as well. 

We are a family of  . . . hold your breath . . . nail biters.  There. I’ve said it.  I feel better now.  We have tried many conventional and unconventional techniques in trying to break this disgraceful little habit.  Many a triumph has occurred for periods of time only to fall off the wagon and right back into the nibbling addiction.  I am happy to say that personally I have been doing quite well and only pick at my cuticles now and then and only bite when a nail “needs it” if you know what I mean.  Oh, and only if I’ve washed my hands recently, because over all, that’s really the worst of it, the germy nature of this habit . . . eww!!  Now if you were to take a look at Mimi Meadows’ nails you would see those poor things just chewed down to the nub . . . it is quite a problem.

 Recently I’ve become aware of the ghastly horror that my children are now nail biters.  At first I thought, “Oh they’ve played outside a lot that’s why the weekly nail clipping has not been necessary.  Or maybe they’re just not growing as fast since they’ve gotten older.”  But no, I have now caught them in the act of gnawing unmercifully on those unfortunate little protectors-of-fingertips.  Just the other day one of my little guys said his toe was hurting.  When asked for the cause of this pain he answered that he had been biting his toenail and hurt it in the act!  Horror of Horrors!!!  What do I do?


Do you have any help for breaking this chewing curse?



  1. I had that problem… Mine is picking at them, but I eventually grew out of it. Once I pulled them to where they bled, it made me realize that I should stop, because, well… It just hurt!! Case in point: It eventually hurts too much, and you stop. Any help?

  2. Dirty little family secret??? NO WAY…Im saying that its time managment GENIUS for a mother of 7!!! That is 160 digits to trim including her own!!! Not to mention little girls wanting polish! I have 100 of those at my house all together! Yes, its an event!

  3. I’m aghast…….Mimi! 🙂

    Orly has a product called No Biter…Hope didn’t like it at all! Might help.

  4. ERIN LEE!! You are a stinker!!

    Maybe I need to rethink this family blog business?? 🙂

  5. Oh, my gosh! I never counted how many little fingers and toes I clip a week. No wonder I feel overwhelmed on “clipping”day. Christie—amazing math skills. 🙂

    Nail biting—well- there could be worse things 🙂 Like thumb sucking! You know why they bite their nails and suck their thumbs because we don’t give them enough hugs and cuddles. According to Dr. Dentist, Edmond Ok. Geesh!

    I have no ideas on how to stop. My husband is a nail biter and a toe picker. He’ll be glad to know I’ve shared that with the blogger world. 🙂

  6. I am very proud of you Erin for beginning the healing process for your family. Curse breaking is hard work! You are so brave for coming out of the closet! 🙂

  7. Okay, I realize I have overused my comment privilage, but I just have to add one more thing. Kaden biting his toe nails—-that is too cute—-gross and cute at the same time. I hope your saving that one for future causes 😉

  8. I am an avid cuticle picker. I don’t know how to stop. It makes for some painful times. Let me know if you figure out a way to make all of this go away!

  9. I’ve just stopped biting mine after 26 years and now you’re telling me I’m marrying into a FAMILY of nail-biters?! Egads!

    I’ve never seen Andrew bite his. Which is probably good, since his welding job makes them REALLY dirty. Eeew.

  10. I’m actually not a nail biter. So far I haven’t noticed my girls doing either.

  11. Egads! That’s a cute little word isn’t it? But I say that because I never knew about this, man I guess I’ve been paying so much attention to what I’m supposed to being doing that it went completely unnoticed. I’m not a nail biter either Ali I guess you get that blessing from me. As far as you Erin………

  12. I never noticed that about Robin! Guess I am too busy wondering how she maintains the body of an 21 year old. Darn that Robin.

  13. I just can’t get over Will’s toe smile… He looks so mischevious!

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