What to Do When Bad Habits Take Hold: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Nail Biting and More

What to Do When Bad Habits Take Hold: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Nail Biting and More

by Dawn Huebner, Bonnie Matthews
     
 

Nail biting. Thumb sucking. Hair twirling. Scab picking. Shirt chewing. Do you have a habit that's hard to stop? A habit that embarrasses you or gets you in trouble? If so, you're not alone. Lots of kids have habits they wish they could lose. But habits are stronger than wishes. They lock on, holding you tight. Even if you want to break free, you can't. Unless you

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Nail biting. Thumb sucking. Hair twirling. Scab picking. Shirt chewing. Do you have a habit that's hard to stop? A habit that embarrasses you or gets you in trouble? If so, you're not alone. Lots of kids have habits they wish they could lose. But habits are stronger than wishes. They lock on, holding you tight. Even if you want to break free, you can't. Unless you have the keys. What to Do When Bad Habits Take Hold guides children and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques used to treat a variety of habits. Engaging examples, lively illustrations, and step-by-step instructions teach children a set of habit-busting strategies in the form of "keys" to unlock the chains holding their habits in place. This interactive self-help book is the complete resource for empowering children to set themselves free.

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Children's Literature - Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
Geared toward children in the early to mid-elementary grades, Bad Habits gives five keys to breaking bad habits that involve our bodies: nail-biting, thumb-sucking, nose-picking, etc. The keys are first given by using a variety of puzzle types, acrostics, rhyming clues and picot-grams. Once the key is identified, the text continues by describing how each key can be used to break the chains of bad habits. Each page contains cartoonlike black-and-white drawings, or offset type with fancy borders, allowing for small amounts of text, to make it more accessible for younger readers. The illustrations depict boys and girls of indeterminate races. The first two pages are addressed to parents with some cautions as to when to seek medical assistance and when the advice in this book should not be used. The author explains that the book is not about willpower, but rather about using strategies to learn new habits that can then extinguish the old habits. For some children, this may be just the thing they need to move past that old habit. As with all types of self-help, the advice given here may not work for everyone. Reviewer: Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433803833
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Publication date:
01/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
88
Sales rank:
208,631
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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