In This Chapter
• Habits through the stages of childhood
• What to ignore, when to take notice
• Dealing with problem habits
• Heap on the praise
Bad habits in kids create concern and stress for everyone. Sometimes parents are the first to recognize the situation, and sometimes they’re the last to know. Some habits, like thumb sucking, seem as inevitable as teething and are likely to run their course without all that much intervention from worried parents. Kids leave them behind in the same way they ride away from training wheels, and that’s that.
Other habits are more troublesome and need for parents and other adults to step in. Some habits might speak to underlying health issues. You know how hard it is for you as an adult to recognize ...