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7 Simple Tips To Correct Bad Habits In Your Children

There are several bad habits that children engage in which may annoy many parents. While most kids grow out of it, some kids may harbour the habit for a good long time. Some of these habits also come with the added worry of hygiene and health concerns making the parents anxious to break them. However it is important to remember that patience is essential when trying to get the kid out any habit. Even the best of the parents can lose patience and end up reprimanding their kid for the habit. Negative attention to the habit may work against you and make the habit worse; likewise, shaming the kid can develop an emotional complex in his or her mind and make them discouraged. Here are some of some tips on how to correct bad habits in your children.

1. Identifying the root cause

Children generally practice these unwanted behaviour patterns because they are stressed. It is important to talk to the kids, observe and identify the reason causing the stress. Listening to their problem, being patient, showing love and support and helping them deal with these stresses is vital in getting rid of these annoying habits. Understanding the causes also helps in finding creative alternatives and substitutes thereby helping to deviate the child’s mind and help him de-stress.

2. Understand Your Child

First of all, try to understand your child’s behaviour. Where is it coming from? Children are innocent and unaware, and nasty habits are generally a self-soothing mechanism. One of the most disgusting habits that horrifies adults is nose picking. A child doesn’t pick their nose to annoy the life out of you, they do it to get to the crust because it irritates them. If a child suffers from allergies or a dried out nasal cavity, they are generally more prone to nose-picking. Address the issue and nip it in the bud. Treat the allergies, clean out the dusty environment, keep your child hydrated and make it an inside joke.

3. Praising and rewarding:

Praising and rewarding the kids when they engage in good habits and avoid the bad ones consciously, is an excellent strategy. Letting them know that their good behavior was noticed and appreciated helps boost their moral and gives them a reason to quit the bad habit.

4. Work with your child to stop the habit

Next, work with your child to stop the habit. You don’t want to police kids. It helps, of course, if your child is motivated. “They usually get to a point where they want to grow their nails, or they’re ashamed to go to a sleepover because they’re still sucking their thumb and everyone will know. “That’s a good time to step in with some suggestions.”

5. Setting rules

Establishing rules is important. Letting them know the consequences of violating the rules while implementing the same with authority helps to keep children bad habits in check. Being firm and consistent with the children while still being supportive is extremely important.

6. Have patience

Making your child quit bad habits or behavior is always impossible unless you use harsh methods which are not advisable. You need to have patience and wait for the child to realize that he/she may be doing wrong by biting nails or sucking fingers or picking the nose. For instance, if your child always bite his finger all day and you have no way to get him out of the habit, tell him it’s gross and others will hesitate to shake hands with him. Over time he will realize his folly and will give it up completely.

7. Engage your child in other activities

Another way you can keep your child away from these habits is to get them engaged in some activities like giving them a toy, taking them to a park or even leaving them to play with other kids in the neighborhood or building. When children are engaged in playful activities, they will not have the thoughts of doing any bad habits or behavior. Imparting a sense of right behavior in the early years will go a long way in tackling the problem. As a parent, you need to have patience and trust in your child.  You have to go easy on the kids and don’t get so worked up about their behavior. They are just kids and most things they are doing now are something you probably did as a child too. Remind them and talk to them about the ill-effects of these habits.

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