We touched on the whole sucking habit a bit yesterday, but it is a biggie, right? Deserves a little more info here - along with that other biggie for kids: picking that nose. Digging for bats in the cave, trolling for nose nuggets, fishing for boogies. We all have probably done it at least once in our lives, but some kids tend to go overboard...who hasn't seen some mom motion from the audience as their kiddo shoves a finger up his nose during a school assembly.
There are some ideas to help your kids work on both of the bad habit biggies:
-- For both of these, if you keep her hands busy, it will cut back on the habit. Offer a pet rock or a rubber band to twirl or a squeeze ball. Or get her doing something else during times when she usually does the habit -- learn a new game together, do a puzzle or the like.
-- When you are talking about it, plan out a code word that you can use when she is sucking her thumb or picking her nose, so she can stop the behavior herself without feeling ashamed. Make it like "cotton candy" or "polkadot" - something fun. She will get a positive feeling from stopping it rather than embrassement or shame that she may feel with a harsh "Stop it!"
-- Have your kid help decide how to tackle the problem. Make a progress chart and have him put stickers or checkmarks on it when he's had a good day...or if he slipped up at all. Yes, make spaces for those mess-ups and agree on how many is okay each day or week. This really helps him feel successful. Think about a special treat to reward her after five good days.
How old were your kids when they stopped sucking their thumbs...or have they yet? How do you deal with that lovely nose-picking?