These seven bad habits will blow your mind!
There are some habits parents need to know their child subconsciously pick up at school. As a result, it makes it easier to help the child unlearn them.
1) Zoning: Lack of focus is a problem at home, a habit your child may have picked up from school. When kids aren’t interested in what their teacher is saying, many let their minds wander. Help your child with improving his active listening skills with exercises that focuses on following directions.
2) Bad Diet: The easy access your child has to sugary snacks and not-so-ideal lunch options make it difficult to stay on a healthy diet. Even if your child is not picky with meals, making wise food decisions is almost impracticable; after all, he sees Twix, Reese, or Hershey staring at him through the vending machines. Packing his lunch with their involvement helps and teaches him importance of making nutritious decisions.
3) Dirty Hands: It’s amazing how quickly children forget to wash their hands when you (the parents) are not there to remind them. Don’t get into the ‘African Parent’ mode or shame your child over hygiene. Rather go through their day with them, and stress the importance of hand washing when it is expected. Perhaps, you can give them a hand sanitizer to make it easier – if they are older.
4) Talking Back: While their friends might laugh and egg them on in school when they talk back to a teacher, there’s nothing funny about this habit. If you hear or experience your child talking back, put an end to the cheeky responses by working to determine the cause of their outburst, being consistent with consequences for rude behavior, and being sure to focus praise on polite gestures.
5) Gossiping: While it might seem perfectly normal to make observations about someone, especially when discussed among friends, it’s important for parents to teach their little ones the power of their words and just because a person isn’t around to hear you doesn’t mean that it’s okay to say it. It’s equally essential that your child understands that the intention behind his or her comments is just as important as the words they use — especially when talking about someone.
6) Leaving Kids Out: Even if your child is the sweetest kid you’ve ever met, it’s possible they are some other child’s “mean kid” innocently. At times, kids get swept up in friend groups and peer pressure and don’t even realize that they are forming cliques — let alone the negative impact it could be having on another person. It is important to not only model inclusive behavior but to also always explain the importance of empathetic behaviors. There are some kids who are naturally more intuitive when it comes to how others are feeling; others need parents to guide them on how to recognize when they are not being open to others.
7) Technology Overload: Kids spend all day without the chance to watch whatever they want or use their technology. Consequently, many kids go straight for the tablets, phones, computer, or TVs as soon as they get home. Put an end to this immediate need for technology! Limit screen time to certain hours so they don’t rush to their devices immediately after walking through the door.