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3 Bad Habits Of Children & How To Get Rid Of Them?

Lots of children tend to develop habits that parents consider them upsetting and unhealthy. Desperate, adults are in the search of all kinds of methods to make the little ones give up their inappropriate gestures, however, without any result.

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Before anything, keep in mind that children`s gestures are frequently shields which they use to deal with various situations. Fatigue, fear, insecurity, boredom, frustration or lack of sleep is only a few causes that can lead to gruesome gestures involving the little ones.

What are 3 habits that annoy you the most at your child and how to remedy them?

Fingernails Biting

This is one of the most frequent bad habits. Studies who that 30% to 60% of children bite one or more fingernails, so don`t worry! You aren`t the only parent confronting with this issue.

The biggest danger that this bad habit might pose is the fact that it persist later during adulthood, so you should take charge immediately as you notice that your little one tends to bite his nails.

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Solution: Suggest him activities that will keep his hands occupied. If you notice that he tends to take his finger to his mouth, suggest him to play the “finger dance,” meaning to move them rhythmically up and down.

Of course, you should offer him solutions of which taste will bother him, but it`s best to change his habit through a behavior change, not a method that he won`t please him or may get him upset.


Regarding such bad habits, nose-picking might be the least dangerous habit, if we don`t take into consideration all the microbes that can be found on the children`s fingers.

Before everything, make sure that the little one is well hydrated. Dehydration is one of the main causes of the occurrence of nasal mucosal infection, so take care of the little one`s nutrition. Then, offer him an alternative: the child can nose a napkin instead of his fingers.

So, it`s best to keep his hands occupied. Suggest him to make a puzzle, play with Lego pieces or better yet, get involved in activities with him as well. Ask him to help you in arranging his own toys or clothes.

Sucking his Thumb

This gesture is just as dangerous from the point of view of microbes as fingernails biting or nose-picking. The first step that you need to make is to notice the moment when your little one tends to suck his thumb and suggest him an alternative activity to distract his attention.

For example, if he sucks his thumb when he`s hungry, this habit will pass in time. He`ll start learning on his own that open the fridge and take a snack.

If he starts doing this when watching the television, you can look for an object to put it in his hand, like a ball or a toy that he enjoys playing, and this way you`ll keep his hands busy.

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If he sucks his thumb when he`s upset or unhappy with something, teach him how to say what bothers him and show him why his attitude isn`t good.

  1. On a calm tone, tell him why you don`t like his habit and argument your opinion. Generally speaking, the little one makes these gestures without even noticing, so the first step is to grab his attention.
  2. If you notice that the little one repeats the gesture, don`t lose your temper, don`t yell at him and don`t preach to him. Make him an observation without criticizing him or punishing him. These actions may make him angry and may have the opposite effect of the one you expect.
  3. Involve your little one in the learning process. In some cases it`s him who wants to stop, but he may not know how to do it. Guide him permanently and think about some rules that would involve you both.
  4. Offer him alternatives! This is the most efficient solutions to channel his attention on other gestures and correct behaviors.
  5. Reward the moment during which he controls himself. In general, people tend to respond better when they are rewarded or appreciated, and children do this that much more. In addition, by praising the little one, he`ll feel motivated and he`ll feel the need to struggle to avoid repeating the gesture.
  6. If you adopt the “Reward” method, ensure yourself that your attitude will change after 1 or 2 days. This way, your child may repeat the actions only to grab your attention. Moreover, if you notice that the habit has disappeared, you should continue for a while to praise him to encourage him to continue on this path and make him feel more important.
  7. Be patient! Just as habits form in time, so giving up on them takes time.

In the end, don`t forget of a golden rule that needs to be applied in any of the situations outlined above: always be careful with your child`s hygiene. Wash his hands or even teach him how to do it, and this way you`ll be able to prevent multiple complications.

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