Parents find many habits and behaviors of their children annoying. When you want to change unwanted behaviour, it helps to first understand why your child is doing it. There might be a number of reasons why your child is doing so.
Most of the time, these behaviors are just habits and are not serious medical problems. You should try to ignore such habits or should tell your kids in a calm manner not to do them. Love can sort out things nicely. Yelling is not an option or a solution to such problems.
Let us discuss in detail about the bad habits, children grow with:
- Thumb and finger sucking: There are different types of sucking kids might do in their infancy and childhood. Thumb and finger sucking typically starts in the first few months of life. Parents should try to teach their kids not to continue these habits by telling them the side effects of such habits. Dealing with kids is difficult but not impossible, so try to convince them.
- Head banging, head rolling: Head banging is when a child repeatedly hits their head against a solid. This can be distressing to the parents and can hurt the kids also. Often the child does not appear to be in pain. The habit usually begins around the age of 9 months and resolves when they reach the age of 2.Head rolling is when an infant rolls their head from side to side when lying on their back. They may even rub the hair completely off the back of their head.
These are also a few of the common habits kids have.
- Grinding teeth: This is the most common bad habit of kids. Teeth grinding or clenching, is a habit seen in over half of all infants of normal development. It usually starts around the age of 6 months when the baby teeth come in and again around the age of 5 when the permanent teeth come in. If your child is grinding his adult teeth, you need to see a dentist.
- Nail Biting: Nail biting is also known as cuticle biting. Like other habits, positive reinforcement strategies are the most effective way to stop the behavior. To avoid them doing such things, some families have success with just applying band-aids to the nail. You can also put vinegar on the pad of the band-aid to make it taste bad.
- Nose picking: It is one of the most common habits among children and adults. Nose picking can start when crusting occurs from infection, allergies, or minor trauma. Picking causes more irritation to the nose and may create a vicious cycle. Picking is the most common cause of frequent nosebleeds.
Tell your child that picking their nose is not acceptable in public, but that they may use a tissue to clear out the nose and take care of itchiness. Explain that they pass their germs to others if they pick their nose. Tell them about the bad effects of such habits.
Above explained are only a few bad habits children commit. There are the number of bad habits children learn and follow as they grow. To make them understand about such habits, have a few positively stated rules, and explain the reasons behind them. Make sure your child understands the results of breaking the rules.
A word from SuperActive Kids:
It may be nearly impossible to stop the bad habit until the child becomes interested in stopping. Try to figure out what may be making your child stressed, and help them address it. Give your child chances to talk to you about things that might be worrying them—make eye contact and actively listen.