Making mistakes and learning from them is a part of growing up. However, developing bad habits at a young age and having nobody to prevent one from it is something to worry about. Parents usually keep an eye on the behaviour of their little ones and immediately forbid the kids from any bad habits they observe. At times, they even lash out and adopt such a harsh approach that the child ends up as a rebellious one.
Many parents out there face this common problem. The reason why we fail at preventing our children from a bad habit is that we are too quick to react.
So, sit back, relax and read a few tips that may help you out in bringing a change in your child’s behaviour!
Ignore the Habits… Sometimes:
The little ones usually tend to repeat more of those habits on which they get some real attention. If you react to what they are doing, they will probably do it more often. On the contrary, if you ignore their act the first time, they may lose interest in it and forget it in no time.
Actions Speak Louder than Words:
This rule works in every situation, either we are trying to induce a healthy habit or prevent a bad one. We are the role-model’s to our children, and they look up to us and follow our steps. In order to get them to do or not do something, we must take up or leave those habits accordingly. Even if we notice that they have adopted some bad habit of our own, we should start working on them and ask our children to join in as well.
Little Rewards for Appreciation
Many parents offer presents to kids with a condition of doing or not doing something. It is a wrong approach as it develops another bad habit in them – bribery. The right approach is to reward our children as a token of appreciation when you notice a desired behavioural change in them. The reward does not necessarily have to be huge; small ones like giving a new colouring in book or taking them to park would do too. Doing so will motivate the child to repeat the good behaviour and abandon the bad habits in the future too.
Instead of always feeling the need to direct our children on what is right or wrong for them, just get comfortable with them and educate them on important matters in advance. Talk to them when you know it is about time. Do not hesitate or be reluctant because it is much better to educate than bear the consequences of their bad actions later. Gain their confidence and make them feel like we are there for them no matter what the situation is. Be open to them as it is necessary for a parent-child relationship.
Keep at it!
Following the above tips and tricks needs a lot of patience and will-power. I assure you that the end-results are most of the time favorable. So, do not give up on your children because if you save them from bad habits today, they will be a much better adult tomorrow.
Currently a student of English Literature, in his final years, James Martin is passionate about writing his thoughts into words. He takes up writing projects in his leisure time to accompany his studies. Generally, understands the essence of writing on every topic, but especially those that relates to his field. He regularly writes at https://mmjcanada.ca/.