Child’s Behavior: Attention

We must remember that all behaviors have purpose goal. We must remember that if we response to the child’s behavior (the problem) this will not address the purpose of the child’s behavior. We are only perpetuating the problem. We must model how we would like to be spoken to.
Dealing with the misbehaving goal called attention, we are feeling annoyed, irritated, worried or guilty. At this time, we are in the impulse mode to remind, coax, and doing things for our children that they could do for themselves.
The child’s attention behavior is saying notice me, involve me, I want to connect.
Our strategy to deal with the attention behavior is to ignore the misbehavior. We need to attend to desired behaviors. Avoid special services. Tell them what we want done “only once” and then act. If the child continues engaging in this attention behavior, we should remove the audience and allow the child to carry on away from stimulation.
Dealing with a love one, we should prayerfully seek God’s guidance on how to lovingly interact with this child, who is loved and covered under God’s grace and mercy.
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it” (Prov. 22:6).
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