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

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Slamming Doors

All the banging echoing through your house gives you a headache. Your child argues that she closed the door gently, and you must have imagined the slam! There’s a way to avoid a struggle and turn down the door frame percussion: Install a door damper, which catches the door as it closes and slows it down to avoid a slam. You can also make a DIY cushion by cutting open part of a pool noodle and wedging it on the door. It might not look pretty, and forces an open-door policy, but if your kid decides she wants some privacy again, she’ll have to pay special attention to closing the door gently.