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When do kids start forming habits?

Kids start forming patterns of behavior early on in life. Some habits they get from watching their friends; some they get them from watching you. Some habits they grow out of. And some they don’t. Years of sitting too much and eating too much of the wrong foods often lead to diabetes, heart disease, and ultimately a lower life expectancy. Your kids won’t grow out of unhealthy behaviors on their own. They need your help! Without it, bad habits will likely multiply and turn into an ugly, unhealthy lifestyle. And at that point, you won’t be able to do anything about it.

From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children

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Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children

When kids start going on TV binges or devouring fistfuls of cookies, it's easy to say, "They'll grow out of it." More likely, they're acquiring bad habits that could lead to childhood obesity and...

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