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

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Leaving Dirty Clothes on the Floor

If your kid sheds her clothes like a snakeskin and “forgets” to put them in the hamper, talk with her to come up with some fun incentives to get the clothes where they belong. Put a basketball rim over the hamper so she can practice her slam dunk. If that doesn’t work, make clothes cleanup part of the bedtime routine. After she’s brushed her teeth, have her pick up all her socks before hopping into bed. Still no progress? Only do the laundry that made it into the basket, not clothes are on the floor. Sure, her mud-caked soccer jersey might raise eyebrows when you drop her off at practice, but by standing your ground, you’ll avoid enabling this bad habit.