“It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them” – Benjamin Franklin
Responsible personal habits get passed on from a parent to a child. If a parent doesn’t keep their books in the right place, you cannot expect your child to exhibit this behavior. According to our research conducted across several schools in Bangalore, only 56% of the children (aged 6-10 years) in the first grade display responsible personal habits and understand the value of following them.
Here’s a mundane yet simple example explaining how important consistency is in driving good habits. Imagine every night’s struggle, getting your child to brush his/her teeth. It is a bit of a tussle, as most parents would agree, but persistence will help ease your child into willingly brush his/her teeth before turning in.
What happens when kids don’t learn good habits?
- Good habits encourage children to follow a routine while they go about their day and also keeps them healthy and positive. It inspires them to follow a course of actions in order to complete a task and shapes them into well-rounded individuals.
- It gives them a sense of security and helps them imbibe discipline in their lives.
- Good habits are also linked to a good procedural memory, which is the ability to memorize a sequence of actions needed to finish tasks.
- Kids who don’t learn to good habits end up as insecure adults with many associated problems.
- Striving to achieve the best possible outcome in a situation leads to the development of responsible personal habits. Persistence is important when it comes to advancing key skills.