“Attention” in school is often mentioned when referring to how long your child can participate in a group or activity, as in “attention span.” In this post, we are focused on attention seeking behavior, which is a common cause of unwanted behaviors in preschoolers. All children need attention and some need it more than others! If children do not receive sufficient positive attention through playing and interacting with others, they will often seek out it out in other ways. This can result in unwanted behavior. It may sound crazy to us, but for a child, negative attention is better than no attention at all! Here are some resources that should help explain attention seeking behaviors along with some strategies to help deal with it.
DID YOU KNOW? At the Don Earl Center, we use the Guiding Hand as a method to help teach appropriate expectations and promote positive interactions. Please contact your child’s teacher for more information.
FUN FACT: According to nobullying.com, one of the main reasons children have attention seeking behavior is that some children get as little as 7 minutes a day of one on one time with their parents!