Monday, July 13, 2009

Disturbing behavior

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Don't let your kids' bad habits get on your nerves. relax, bite your tongue, and keep your cool.
Kids will always be kids. They will amuse you, amaze you sometimes, annoy you with their habits. There is nothing more frustrating than seeing your child go through episodes of distressing mannerism and tics-thumbsucking, nail-biting, hair pulling, nose picking, head banging, and biting. But habits are habits-they're hard to form and even harder to break. Give your child enough time and an ample dose of understanding and patience, soon enough he or she will outgrow these behaviors.
The exact mechanism by which habits are formed are still unclear, experts admit. What is known is that it is a learned behavior that gives a positive outcome. A habit is a strong behavior pattern that is repeated over and over again that the child is usually unaware of. It can develop any time but are primarily visible in the ages of 2 1/2, 3 1/2 and 5 1/2. In most cases, the child overcomes the habit or behavior as he or she matures.


Grampy said...

My granddaughters are constantly changing. She cracks us up. Glad there are no bad habits.

Sharee harris said...

My little boy is almost four and sucks his thumb constantly. Non of my other children have done this and I'm not sure how to get him to stop. We used to think it was so cute the way he would suck on his thumb and grab his ear. Now I'm concerned about it causing dental problems. He will anounce he is a big boy and that he is not going to suck his thumb anymore, but he doesn't even realize he is doing it. He pulls it out the minute I mention it to him. I tried putting a variety of things on his thumb to discourage him, but he loses it screaming and trying to wipe off whatever I've put on his thumb.

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