Is there something stopping you from having pretty manicured nails?
Do you really want to let your nails grow longer …
but can’t stop yourself from chewing them short?
Actually, we’re talking about fingernails, not toenails! But Mercedes was really funny chewing her toenails in the Disgusting Habits Video. If you haven’t seen that one, you definitely need to check it out!
Fingernail biting (as opposed to toe-nail biting) is a common problem.
In fact Giselle used to bite her nails! You may think there’s nothing you can do to stop. But we have 5 tips that can help you break the habit just like Giselle did!
1. File Them Short!
You might be able to break the habit if you keep them short for a while. If there’s nothing to bite you’ll get out of the habit of chewing them!
2. Keep Nail Polish on Them!
If you have your nails painted, and you love how they look, that just might stop you from chewing. You won’t want to ruin your manicure!
3. Try Bitter Tasting Nail Polish!
They make bad tasting nail polish just for this problem! Get some bitter nail polish and paint your nails with it. It tastes gross, so you won’t WANT to chew your nails!
4. Form a New Habit!
Find something else to do to keep your hands busy. If your fingers are doing something else, you’ll be less likely to want to chew your nails. There’s lots of things you could do!
- Learn Sign Language
- Play with a Fidget Cube or Fidget Spinner
- Play the Piano
- Type on a Computer Keyboard
- Play a Video Game
Ask your parents for help. They might be willing to give you a reward to help you break the habit. You could work the details out with your parents, but here’s an example of how that could work.
1 Week: No nail chewing – you get out of one chore that week.
2 Weeks: You get to stay up a half hour extra one night.
3 Weeks: You get to have some new nail polish or nail art supplies.
4 Weeks: You’ve made it a whole month with no nail chewing! That’s huge. By this time you should be enjoying those nails! That alone is a big reward. But maybe your parents will want to reward you even more with something like a toy or a book – maybe even the new GEM Sisters book Pup Napped!
GEMS: If you’re trying to break the nail biting habit, we hope these ideas help! All three of us love to have our nails looking pretty. It’s just fun! Here’s a picture of Mercedes nails. Don’t they look cute?
GEMS: Let us know in the comments if you like to paint your nails!
XOXO: Giselle, Evangeline, and Mercedes!