Bad habits in children and how to overcome them

Before a child becomes entrenched in bad habits, it is best for parents to take preventive measures such as:

  1. Be aware of the child’s habits and do not allow them to continue uncontrolled.
  2. Avoid reinforcing such behaviors, for example, by providing objects that trigger impulsivity under the pretext of calming the child.
  3. Many parents find these behaviors cute, which leads them to joyfully share them with others, inadvertently reinforcing the behavior.
  4. Try to redirect them with other activities such as playing with blocks, telling stories, or doing verbal activities to express feelings and desires without resorting to impulsivity.
  5. Parents or caregivers should be willing to spend a little more time accompanying children during play. Positive redirection during playtime can steer them away from bad habits.

If a child already has these habits, overcoming them becomes more difficult and requires extra effort. When using the mentioned methods, parents must be patient and understand that changing a habit is not easy.

  1. Understand the child’s thoughts and the extent of her dependence on the objects of her habits.
  2. Explain clearly and calmly that the parents do not like the bad habit and why.
  3. Gradually eliminate the habit until the child no longer does it routinely.
  4. Avoid scolding or punishing the child if she still has the habit; Criticism can reinforce behavior.
  5. Involve the child in the quitting process by asking him or her what can help him or her quit.
  6. easily state the positive actions anticipated of the child rather than fastening on the negative bones .
  7. Sometimes using unpleasant-tasting substances on your fingers can discourage nail biting or thumb sucking.
  8. Praise the child when she manages to avoid the habit, even briefly, with hugs, kisses, or healthy treats that she enjoys.
  9. Provide ongoing support to the child to maintain her progress. As they feel more confident and happy, they will gain confidence without resorting to their bad habits.

Most bad habits in children do not require professional help. However, if these habits begin to affect their physical or social functions, or persist despite parental interventions, there may be underlying physical or psychological problems. Consult a pediatrician in such cases.

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