TODAY | November 04, 2013
>>> we're back with latin singing sensation thalia. she is writing her first children's book. it's called chupie, the binkie that returned home. nice to see you.
>> nice to see you.
>> let's get it out of the way.
>> chupie is which?
>> it's from pacifier in spanish.
>> okay, binkie is the name for the pacifier?
>> exactly. you forgot the binkie.
>> now bankie is something different. a lot of kids have blankets and those are bankie. so we're concentrating on chupe's and binkies. parent versus new children and they give them the pacifier to calm them down but then they can only be calmed down with the pacifier.
>> not just that. when you go for the second year to the pediatrician for them to check the kid, they tell you that the pacifier is also linked to some kind of speech problems in the future or certain studies they say that they have kind of -- its a link between the ear infection and all of these because of the pacifier.
>> so clearly there's a cutoff age. you have a daughter who is 6 and a son who is 2. so the age of 2 is the cutoff?
>> the age of 2 is the cutoff. that's what my experience is. but it was funny because i was -- it was my first daughter, sabrina and i didn't want to see her cry. it was drama.
>> and every time you take the pacifier away she would get hysterical.
>> terrible. it was a bad experience for me. i start adding two pacifiers in the crib. so every 40 minutes you would have to go to the crib and put the pacifier in. so i ended up with 20 pacifiers in the crib.
>> it's not a good thing. at two years old it's tough to communicate. how did you start to explain that we needed to wean off the pa pacifier.
>> it was devine intervention and the desperate call of a mother at 3:00 a.m . i was in the crib and the baby was crying and couldn't find the pacy and i said do you know why pacy is sad? because pacy misses his mommy. pacifier wants to go home.
>> and she was like bin kirkskie land?
>> yes, she lives in a castle.
>> your brilliant. a little evil but brilliant.
>> you and me apart would be terrible.
>> and she bought this.
>> she said to me, take binkie to binkie land. it was amazing.
>> well done.
>> and then i created the five steps that are in the book.
>> which became this -- by the way, the illustrations in the book are wonderful and i know that's a hard thing for a first time author of a children's book to come up with the right illustrat illustrator. how did you do that?
>> i'm very creative and it's like my hobby is paint and i did all of these illustrations so it took me two years to find the right illustrator that would capture my essence and respect the castle, the lollipops, everything. i got that person and we created this magic kingdom and then the most important are the steps to help your kid getting rid of the pacy. what i think is its the first appearance of getting -- letting go. you know, for a human being it's very difficult to let go so for a baby it's terrible. so it's the first experience to let go and it's okay.
>> great advice for parents. are you going to do more.
>> yes. this is my fourth. this is the first child book and i'm very excited.
>> thank you so much.
>> nice to have you here. the book is called chupie and we are recommending this for anyone going through this right now at home.