BAD HABITS COME IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES.
The header image at the very top of this web page is interesting. It asks, "Do you know which child has the bad habit?" By looking at the image, you would think it was the child wearing red. Unfortunately, the answer is all the children in white. Whether serious (drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes) or minor (eating junk food in excess or biting nails), most children have some type of habit that is deemed to be a bad habit. Eating a cupcake or cookie once in a while does not make that a bad habit. But, consuming this type of food on a daily basis in large quantities while neglecting the healthy foods may be considered a bad habit.
Many habits develop in the form of a false security. For example, when a child becomes nervous, they may play with their hair, scratch, or bite nails to calm themselves down. These behaviors release a hormone which help the body to relax. Over a period of time, these behaviors may develop into a pattern. Other bad habits develop because a child may want to be accepted into a group. For example, a child who smokes or drinks because they see others doing it. Once again, over a period of time, these behaviors may become routine.
A few habits that concern parents include smoking, drugs, alcohol, lack of exercise, or poor nutrition, although the list can go on and on. This web site will discuss suggestions on how to break a bad habit, concentrating more on children who lead an unhealthy lifestyle.
STAND OUT IN A CROWD IN A POSITIVE WAY.
This web site is not going to be the missing piece of the puzzle with regards to fixing a habit, but hopefully a guideline to help your child become an individual in a positive way.
If you feel your child has a bad habit that you are worried about, make the time to speak with your pediatrician, school principal, guidance counselor, teacher, coach, or respected role model. This web site is for informational purposes only, and not to solve a child's problem. Please see our disclaimer page.