Long Term Care
The question is: How long does it take children to create a new habit?
Many very well known authors and researchers differ on the length of time it takes for adults to create new habits. Zig Ziglar, Brain Tracy, Tony Robbins and more recite Maltz’s publication (Psycho-Cybernetics, 1960) stating that it takes a minimum of 21 days for an adult to create a new habit. According to Phillippa Lally, health psychology researcher at University College London, study in European Journal of Social Psychology, she determined that on average, it takes 66 days for a new behavior to become automatic. Her research showed that some very basic changes took as few as 18 days and other more complex behavior changes took 254 days to form a new habit.
We believe that on average it takes children 100 times to learn a new behavior. If you have ever tried to teach kids a new behavior, most will recognize that you find yourself telling (reminding) the child time after time to correct their behavior before it actually results in lasting and permanent change.