12 common weird things kids do

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Here are 12 common weird things kids do that are completely natural and a part of the growing process.

Picking their nose (and eating it!) and other body behaviors (such as nail-biting, headbanging, hair-twirling, knuckle-cracking, and thumb-sucking) are considered annoyances. They begin when a child understands that they can efficiently do something.

Here are 12 common weird things kids do:

  1. Pulling their hair:
    • To calm themselves, children younger than two years may spin or tug their hair. They might do it out of boredom.
    • By the age of 3-years-old, they see how their parents react to this, and it may become part of their attention-seeking behavior or tantrums.
    • Hair-pulling in older children can sometimes be an indication of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
  2. Banging their head:
    • When falling asleep or in the middle of the night, some children knock their heads against the railing, pillows, or mattresses of their cribs.
    • It is estimated that 15 percent of children do it. While some consider it a problem, others say it is a form of self-soothing behavior similar to thumb-sucking.
    • In any event, it is normally harmless and goes away on its own, so there is no need for treatment.
  3. Eating weird stuff:
    • Children will consume nearly everything, including boogers, insects, and dirt.
    • They want to try new things and what better way to do it than by using their taste receptors.
  4. Shoving things into their ears, nose, and eyes:
    • Children like exploring their surroundings. They experiment with various objects by inserting them into their ears, nose, and eyes.
    • They simply want to see how they function and what might happen to them.
  5. Constantly taking off their clothes:
    • When children are naked, they do not feel embarrassed. As a result, it is not a problem for them to remove their clothes at any time, anywhere, including public locations.
    • They may do it because their garments are too tight, or they are overheated. Another reason they might undress is that they have only recently learned to do so on their own, so it is a new skill that makes them feel more self-sufficient.
  6. Holding their breath:
    • Your kids may cry and then stop breathing for up to one minute, get stiff, become blue or grey, and even faint for a few minutes during breath-holding. Believe it or not, that is not anything they can do anything about.
    • These episodes might occur because your child is angry, disturbed, terrified, shocked, or in pain.
    • Although it may appear frightening, it is usually harmless, and these episodes cease by the age of four or five years.
  7. Drinking bathwater: Children may not understand the distinction between bathwater and drinking water. Because they play in the bath, they may conclude it is amusing to drink it.
  8. Wanting to read the same book repeatedly:
    • Listening to a familiar narrative might help children feel in control. Having that power provides them with a sense of security.
    • They are aware that their parent will read them a book before they go to bed, and they are familiar with the plot, so they can relax and go asleep.
  9. Making weird noises:
    • Some children snore, while others are silent. However, some children make strange noises that make you wonder if there is anything else in the room creating those noises.
    • Don't be alarmed by the strange noises you hear. While breathing or sleeping, children splutter, whistle, groan, and produce other cute (but occasionally unsettling) noises.
  10. Imitate pets:
    • They never want their best friend, a puppy, to feel different.
    • As a result, they just begin eating and drinking like pets.
  11. Shy behavior:
    • Your children have most likely become shy in the presence of a new adult stranger.
    • Young toddlers are developmentally typical to be timid and reluctant around strangers, so they turn away, hide behind their parents, and refuse to answer questions.
  12. Separation anxiety: Many toddlers develop separation anxiety when they are left in daycare.

Most of these strange behaviors are natural until a certain age. Parents should always encourage their children to develop excellent habits as they get older.

Can I assign some chores to my kids?

Chores are crucial for kids of all ages because they help them create self-esteem, teach them important life skills, and make them feel like they belong.

Choose age-appropriate chores that will provide children with the sense of contribution that they require. Involve your child in picking their chores rather than assigning them at any age. This will increase their sense of investment and responsibility.

  • Preschoolers thrive on chores that require them to pick up after themselves, such as cleaning up their toys, making their bed, putting their clothes in the hamper, and putting away their dishes after a meal.
  • Picking up after themselves in elementary school will involve putting their lunchbox away when they return home from school and other similar tasks. They will be prepared for chores that are not solely for themselves, such as emptying the dishwasher.
  • In middle school, students may be assigned chores, such as raking the yard and mopping the floor.
  • Teens can do their laundry, make their meals and get more self-sufficiency through chores.

Chores, when started at an early age, are a gentle introduction to what it takes to operate a house for your child. When your children are assigned age-appropriate duties and given delightful rewards for accomplishing those chores, they will feel valued and appreciated.

You will have the satisfaction to know that you have taught your children important life skills that they will utilize far into adulthood. Its educational concept extends beyond the classroom, implying that home duties are ideal for the type of goal setting and task mastering that boosts self-esteem while teaching key life skills.

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How do I know if my kid has ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most frequent mental and neurological development disorders in children. It is typically diagnosed in childhood and might extend into maturity.

ADHD patients have variations in brain growth and activity that influence their attention, capacity to sit still, and self-control. ADHD can have an impact on a child's schoolwork, home life, and friendships.

Typically, youngsters have difficulty focusing and behaving at some point in their lives. Children with ADHD, however, do not just grow out of these behaviors. If the symptoms persist, they can be severe and cause problems at school, home, or with friends.

The following are some of the most prevalent indications and symptoms of ADHD:

  • Daydreaming
  • Problems sitting still
  • Frequent forget or misplace items
  • Fidget or squirm
  • Excessive talking or no talking
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Make careless errors
  • Taking unneeded risks
  • Difficulty rejecting temptation
  • Self-centered behavior, difficulty taking turns
  • Having trouble getting along with others
  • Interfering with games or other activities in which they are not a participant
  • Difficulty controlling their emotions; they may have angry outbursts at inopportune moments
  • ADHD children may be interested in a variety of activities but may struggle to complete them; before completion, they move on to the next thing that piques their attention

Treatment option for ADHD

  • ADHD is usually best treated with a combination of behavior therapy and medication. Behavior therapy, particularly parent training, is advised as the first-line treatment for preschool-aged children (ages four to five years) with ADHD before medication is considered.
  • Medications can help youngsters manage their ADHD symptoms in their daily lives and reduce the behaviors that cause problems with family, friends, and school.

What works best for the child and family may vary. Close monitoring, follow-ups, and making changes as needed are part of good treatment regimens of ADHD.

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Medically Reviewed on 2/3/2022
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Pathways. What Chores Are Right For My Child? https://pathways.org/chores-right-child/

WebMD. ADHD in Children. https://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/childhood-adhd/adhd-children

KidsHealth. Your Child's Habits. https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/five-habits.html