Picture Book Prompt 55

“In fact, the nagging (well-meant correction) of a tense parent may often increase rather than decrease the child’s thumb-sucking or nail-biting or whatever it is that you object to.” —Frances L. Ilg, Louise Bates Ames, Sidney M. Baker

A classic conflict. Write a story or explore the subject of nail-biting, thumb-sucking, nose picking, eye blinking—or another behavior that occurs to you—from the point of the parent who is trying to stop it and/or the point of view of a child for whom the behavior is a way of managing their stress and tension.

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