Tween Habits Your Tween Should Break Now

Certain bad habits have to go, here are a few your child should leave behind

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Make sure your tween follows through on chores and commitments. Stockxpert

Children, like adults, can acquire some pretty bad habits, and breaking any habit takes dedication and hard work. If your tween has picked up a few bad habits it's important that you help him break them as soon as possible, so that he starts off the teenage years in the best possible way. Below are a few common habits tweens might need to leave behind.

Bad Eating Habits: If your tween would rather reach for the potato child over the fresh fruit, he's not alone.

Who doesn't love junk food, but the reality is your child's body is still growing and needs healthy food to do all the things he needs to do, and to keep himself healthy and strong. Be sure you limit junk food options and encourage healthy eating whenever you can. 

Blaming Others: Your tween is old enough to begin taking some responsibility for his own actions. If your child tends to blame others (teachers, siblings, friends) for everything that goes wrong, you may need to encourage your tween to spend a little time considering his own actions. Don't allow your tween to scoot away from consequences. One way to head off your child's blame game is to vocalize upfront what the consequences will be if he fails to do his homework, clean up his room, or break his curfew. 

Letting Others Do Things for Him: Some tweens are impressively independent, while others will allow anybody (parents, grandparents, or siblings) to take care of things for him.

Be sure you resist the temptation to clean your child's room, do his homework or enable your child to wiggle out of his responsibilities. A chore chart and a homework chart will help your child stay on track of his obligations and duties. Be sure you provide reasonable reminders to encourage your tween to follow through, as well as consequences if he doesn't.

 

Cursing: Your child will likely hear just about every curse word there is at school or while riding the bus. But if you don't put a stop to the cursing now, you're unlikely to ever get your tween to stop. Be sure your child knows how you feel about cursing, and that it's impolite to curse because it makes others feel uncomfortable. If you tend to curse every now and then, be sure to recognize your mistake and let your tween know that while it might be hard to eliminate altogether, it's important to try.

Constant Complaining: If your tween has nothing positive to say, it might to time to help your child exercise an attitude adjustment. If you don't do it now, the teen years will be that much more difficult. Try to point out the positive in any situation, and let your tween know that how he chooses to react to challenges is something he can control. Be positive yourself, because your tween is paying attention to your actions. 

Bad Hygiene: Tweens aren't always as hygenic as we would like them to be, and puberty can make it all the worse.

If your child plays a sport or is very active, hygiene is that much more important. Be sure you provide your tween with the knowledge and the products he needs to practice good hygiene. Stock your child's bathroom with soap, towels, shampoo and conditioner, and be sure he showers regularly and particularly after sports or exercising. 

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