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4 Tips for Breaking Bad Habits

Marjorie Bogart
May 30, 2017

Real moms reveal their secret weapons for fighting kids' poor behavior as part of the Care.com Interview Series.



Breaking a bad habit can feel unbearable. Breaking someone else's bad habit can feel downright impossible. Luckily for us, it's our job as parents! Whether it's biting or nose picking, certain behaviors have to be addressed, so we talked to four of our favorite bloggers and moms about how they're doing it. See their tips for squashing kids' peskiest habits and how you might want to start.

  1. Cut the Lecture
    Try to start a conversation to keep your kids' interest instead of preaching at them, says Moms Madhouse blogger, Sharon Ruggieri. But if she's going to lecture, she does it right. "I've learned that I need to ask questions to keep their mind focused," she explains.

    Read Ruggieri's tips for keeping kids clean.
  2. Ask Around
    Your kid isn't the first to be suffering from a poor habit. Reach out to your personal village or join an online mom group for ideas, suggests Real Life blogger Sarah Pinnix. But keep in mind, "what worked for other moms may not work for you. Be willing to try several approaches before finding the key to success."

    See the 7 tips Pinnix has for beating nail biting.

  3. Set an Example
    Be a role model. It's not enough to try to stop bad habits; you must also encourage good ones. Kim Delatorre of Shop With Me Mama insists that, "kids watch you more than you think," so you must cut out your own bad habits and your kids will follow your lead. Consistency is key, so make sure everybody in your kid's life, including parents, teachers, and caregivers, are modeling the same good behavior.

    Find out how Delatorre raises healthy eaters.
  4. Wait it Out
    Drawing attention to a negative tendency can accidentally reinforce it. The best action in this case is to not take an action. Janine Huldie of Janine's Confessions of a Mommyaholic, confirms, "Sometimes you really do just have to let it go!"

    Read about Huldie's strategies for sharing.
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