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Habits - children's habits

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All children have behaviours that soothe and comfort them. Sometimes these develop into habits that worry, annoy or embarrass parents.

A habit is a pattern of behaviour that happens often, without thinking. Habits form when a certain behaviour makes us feel good in some way. We keep doing it to get those good feelings. A habit can help us cope, but sometimes it can also cause problems.

Habits can start when a child is tired, stressed or bored. They can continue after the reason has gone. Most habits are not a cause for concern. They usually go away by themselves as children mature.

A habit might return during a time of change or stress. Let your child know this is OK, praise their efforts to stop and help them try again.

For more to read

 Parenting SA - A partnership between the Department for Education and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network. (South Australia) 

  • Parent Easy Guide Habits
  • And more Parent Easy Guides ‘Bedwetting', ‘Children biting', ‘Coping skills', ‘Developmental delay', ‘Tantrums', ‘Sleep disturbance', ‘Living with toddlers',   

Raising Children Network  The Raising Children website is produced with the help of an extensive network including the Australian Government.

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