Managing attention-seeking behaviors by AOC:
Oftentimes when children seek attention through their misbehavior we give them exactly what they want, but maybe not in the most constructive way. It’s easy to quickly react to these situations by yelling or scolding a child. In doing that, we give them the attention they desire, but we give them negative attention. While children would prefer positive attention over negative attention, they will accept and seek out negative attention if that is all that is offered to them.
If the only time an adult pays attention to their child is by yelling or scolding in reaction to negative behaviors, the child is likely to repeat or escalate their actions to continue getting that attention.
If we find a way to give the child our attention in a positive, constructive way, everyone can get what they want.