Children naturally bite their nails when they are nervous or bored. Many children bite their nails because they want to get attention from adults.
They bite their nails because they are angry or upset. Biting their nails also relieves stress and anxiety. While it may seem like an unharmful habit, nail-biting can lead to infections and other problems.In this article, we will discuss how to stop your children biting their nails.
1) Talk to Your Child About Nail Biting
First, try to talk to your child about nail-biting. Ask your child if he or she bites their nails. Tell your child that it is a bad habit and that it can cause problems.
If your child says that he or she doesn’t bite their nails, you can say, “I know you bite your nails and I think it is a bad habit.” When you have told your child that nail-biting is a bad habit, it is time to teach them how to stop nail-biting.
2) Reinforce the No-Biting Habit
When you have talked to your child about nail-biting, it is time to teach them how to stop.
First, tell them not to bite their nails. Then show them by making them give up on the no-biting habit first. It would be easier for them if they had already given up on the no-biting habit first and then told them not to bite their nails again.
Next, reinforce the no-biting habit by asking them if they have already given up on the no-biting habit again after a while of stopping nail-biting several times or longer than several times in a row. Tell them that they are now good at giving up on the no-biting habit, and it is time to reinforce it by showing them that they are not biting their nails any more.
If your child is still biting their nails, show them by asking them if they are still biting their nails after a while of giving up on the no-biting habit several times or longer than several times in a row.
There are other small but actually bad habits that your children probably do. Read other related articles and useful tips to stop these habits on MindfulParent blog.