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8 Bad Habits ... and How to Help Kids Change Them

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Chewing on Clothes

Besides the “yuck” factor, chewed-on sleeves or collars wear out quickly and start to smell. According to McClain, kids might develop a chewing habit because they’re bored, but chewing in particular is an indication that the child is trying to cope with anxiety. In addition to considering the underlying problem, give your child sugar-free gum, or buy an edible candy bracelet or necklace from the store. If you need some extra help while handling the root causes, get some baby teething toys for her to use at home so that she’s not damaging her pearly whites in the meantime.