Okay, my 5 year old bites his nail something terrible. I mean, his nails are halfway down the nail bed. Of course his dad’s nails look just about the same so that does explain a bit. I’ve been thinking about just how to deal with this. I’ve tried to ignore it, but he constantly has his fingers in his mouth. I’ve been debating as to whether or not we should tackle this as part of our habit study. Part of me wants to make sure I’m not just being irritable and overbearing. But, I’ve come to the conclusion that something must be done!
For starters, if he continues, it will be harder and harder to break the habit. Also, it’s unsanitary and just plain bad manners to always be chewing on your fingers. I also know, as his mom, one day he might appreciate nicer looking nails!
So, what I’ve done so far is we’ve talked about why he shouldn’t be chewing his nails in a hygiene, cleanliness wort of way. We’ve talked about tackling it as part of our making new habits (and breaking old ones). I have noticed just how hard it is for him to stop fidgeting so I think he’s just really trying to find some place to keep his hands. It’s almost like a nervous energy or something. I ordered some of that terrible tasting stuff to put on nails so we’ll see how that works. He just does it so mindlessly, I think he needs an extra reminder not to do it. I’m also going to do some sort of reward chart with stars. Maybe if he goes a day without biting his nails he can get a star. Of course that’s totally on the honors system. The other idea I found somewhere is anytime he gets his nails trimmed he gets a reward.
I’ve been going over and over trying to decide what our next habit ought to be. Big Boy’s nail biting has gotten progressively worse so I think he sort of made the decision for us! Check out our last habit that we worked on, cleanliness.
Do you bite your nails? Any tips on how to break the habit?