How to break your kid's bad habits

Dr Richard C. Woolfson
magyoungparents@sph.com.sg

Sometimes, you might feel that your child has managed to build up an entire repertoire of annoying habits over the years, such as sneezing without covering her nose and mouth, touching other people’s possessions without their permission, talking loudly (or even shouting) in public, or forgetting to bring items to school. She is oblivious to the fact that there are others around her, such that it almost seems she is in a world of her own. It’s not that she deliberately sets out to annoy you, but her behaviour does have such an effect.

SAYING IT GENTLY
The challenge facing you is to help her lose these bad habits without damaging her self-esteem. No child likes to be told all the time that she is doing this or that wrong, or that people…

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