Your child’s behavior

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If your child’s behavior frequently makes you feel bothered and annoyed, leading you to constantly remind, nag, or scold them, then your child may be looking for attention — negative attention but attention nonetheless. What should you do?

  • Step back from giving negative attention. Instead of reminding her, allow your child to experience the consequence of forgetting something.
  • Talk less. If something has been said many times before, it may not need to be said again.
  • Give positive attention. Notice things your child does and tell him about it. Go further than a simple “Good job!” Instead, tell him what you see: “You are sitting there playing all by yourself.”