BREAKING BAD HABITS IN KIDS
We all have them. And they can be a nightmare to break. It can be even trickier to convince your kids to break them. But, as parents, this is part of our unspoken job description.
So whether it’s your toddler biting, your preschooler hitting, your school-aged child swearing or your tween/teen lying, here’s how you can get them to break the bad habit.
Lead by example
Before you try to tackle a bad habit, make sure you’re not guilty of doing the same thing. It’s hard to break your child’s swearing habit when you’re constantly dropping the F-bomb at the dinner table (guilty).
Find a substitute
Whenever the frustration, the stress or the fear that is causing the bad habit hits, work with your child to find an alternative way to handle it. Taking deep breaths, cuddling a teddy, or using a different (not sweary) word are substitutes that might help.
Be persistent (and patient)
Offer plenty of support and encouragement. Even great kids develop bad habits and this shouldn’t be something they feel shamed or stressed about. Add little rewards to remind them that they are going great and you are proud of them.