When Should I Break Bad Habits? Parenting Tip Number Twelve

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This one is short (surprise!!) and simple.
A lot of things can be really cute at age three, or even up to about age eight or ten, but they are downright annoying and disrespectful at age twelve, twenty, or forty.
Just to be clear, I am NOT talking about normal childish behavior in areas where most children mature as they grow and learn about life. Little children are not going (and we don’t want them) to act like mini-adults!!!
I am talking about behavior that turns into bad habits. Like a cute four year old lecturing an adult on being late to church, or a charming eight year old telling someone that their clothes don’t match.
It is not cute and charming anymore when they are older. As always, all children are different, and should be treated as individual people, but a good age to transition out of bad habits is about eleven years old.
Once bad habits are ingrained in our children, they are hard to break.
We will be doing them a huge favor if we help them break those kind of habits while they are younger.



Kim Stilwell has been married to her best friend, Jeff, since 1987. They have five children, Joshua (1992) who has been married to Alissa since 2013, Joseph (1995), Josiah (1997), Jessica (1998) and Jennifer (2001), as well as eight children in Heaven, all of whom died before birth. Kim was a missionary kid who grew up in Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Peru. She met Jeff, also an MK, at a missionary school in Peru. Immediately following their wedding, they attended college in Iowa and have lived there ever since. Kim is a full time stay at home, homeschooling mom. In her spare time, she likes to write, and has a column in the NICHE newsletter.

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