At some point in a child’s life, whether they’re boys or girls, they all seem to end up biting their nails. Parents often agonize over how they can actually stop them from doing this. Nail biting really is a bad habit. Especially since kids are often getting dirt and all kinds of items stuck under their finger nails. Below you will find a few helpful ideas and suggestions on how you can get your children to stop biting their nails.
The first things that you can do is be sure to keep their nails trim. Often parents don’t realize that if you just take the time once a week to look at your child’s nails and trim them, this will help with the nail biting problem. Why? Simply because there will be nothing there for them to nibble on. Some children do tend to nibble or bite their nails simply when they are nervous. Even if there is not much nail for them to bite, they may still end up nibbling away. So the next suggestions is quite simple. You need to address what is making you child nervous. If they are nervous about something at school, talk to them and see if you can address the issue. Once you fix the problem that may be causing their nervousness you may be able to get them to stop biting their nails.
It is also a good idea to teach your children how to deal with difficult situations. Often children don’t know how to deal with their emotions or feelings. Because of this you will also find young children and teens also biting their nails when they don’t know how to handle pressure or stress. This would be a great opportunity to give your children another outlet to work with. Show them that there are plenty of other ways to deal with stress. Getting them in involved in some sort of physical exercise is a good way to lower their stress and curb nail biting. For example if you notice your child starting to bite their nails why not go with them for a quick jog. Or if your child is more of the creative type and not the athletic type you can have them do some type of creative puzzle with you. You will be surprised at how quickly their nervous tension will disappear. First you will be taking their mind off of the situation making them nervous and you will be giving them enough outlet for stress. You may need to try different things until you find what really works best for you and your children. Remember to be consistent and have others who may watch your children for you pitch in. With a little bit of time and effort you will be able to curb your child’s biting habits.