Tips to get your kids out of their more annoying habits
Thumb sucking, a comfort blanket or object, nail biting and nose picking ... these are just some of the little habits your kids may have that may be annoying and sometimes even a little embarrassing.
Many believe that these little habits come from the way the parents educate the babies from birth. Often parents try to find a quick way to stop their kids from doing these things, that may however lead to other habits are useful in the short-term but then difficult to get rid of.
If we notice that our child has annoying little habits, how can we get him to stop? Here are a number of tips that may be useful.
A comfort blanket:
Children up to around 5 years of age get comfort from having a blanket to cuddle. Children start to become emotionally attached to cuddly toys or blankets at about one year of age and most children grow out of comfort objects by the age of four, but if this doesn’t happen our advice is to not hurry him. Start off by removing the blanket or object during the day while he is busy playing, but leave it lying around, he will slowly want it less.
is not a very nice habit, especially in public! What can you do about it? Firstly, don't make a fuss: you will only end up by making your child feel even more anxious! Try to teach him how to use a tissue or gel if the problem is dry nostrils.
Nail-biting is the most common of the many habits that children pick up. It's also the one most likely to continue into adulthood although it can be corrected at an early age. For babies, simply put on a pair of cotton gloves while baby is sleeping. In the case of older children, give them something to hold. Girls sometimes find that a trip to a salon for a fancy manicure helps them stop biting their nails or you can let your little paint her nails with non-toxic nail polish!
is a difficult habit to stop, because a thumb is not an object you can simply remove. A good thumb sucking substitute may be a pacifier or a special teething toy, or you may try to distract your child by rocking him, giving him a massage or singing a song ... often children suck their thumbs when they are bored, and in this case you should try to keep him occupied having fun! Also try to keep that thumb busy: when you see it go into your kid’s mouth, try to distract him asking him to do something that keeps both hands busy.
These are just some of the most common habits children may have between 1 and 4 years of age that in most cases your child will grow out of.
Does your child have any of these habits? We would love to hear about your experience!