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Tips for managing attention seekers

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Attention seeking is the most common type of misbehaviour in children. It can take many forms – eating problems, clowning, the walking question mark, constant interruptions, showing-off and whining. Attention seekers want to keep their parents busy or keep them in their service. They are usually very effective as attention-seeking behaviour is hard to ignore. Parents often unknowingly encourage children’s attention-seeking behaviour by constantly responding to it. How do I know if my child’s behaviour is genuine or attention seeking? Feelings of annoyance or irritation are a sure guide to identifying attention-seeking activities. If you are still unsure, ask yourself: ‘Would the behaviour stop if I ignored it?’ If the answer is yes, then it’s attention seeking, as it requires feedback to continue. Top tips 1. Ignore attention-seeking beh...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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