Creating Healthy Habits

Getting into the habit

Creating a new habit is most effective when is done one step at a time. If your child always has a messy room, for example, expecting them to suddenly have it clean and tidy because you told him to might not be realistic.

Instead, patiently work on one behavior at a time. You might start by having them make their bed every morning or tidy up their school papers every evening.

Have them practice one behavior until it becomes a daily habit. Then add a second one. Be sure to offer encouragement and lots of praise along the way.

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