Quick Tip for Attention Seeking Behaviors

* Stop * Reassure * Finish * Play

If you are trying to get chores or cooking done, but your little one is constantly under your feet, pulling your clothes, or acting out nearby, they may be desparately trying to get your attention. Try this example: stop for a moment, bend down at eye level with your child and say “I can see you want mommy’s attention right now. I will be done in ten minutes and then we can play together.” Follw this up with a warm hug and accepting smile. Your child feels reassured by your attention and will hopefully calm down a bit while they excitedly wait for their special time with you.

Remember, you are someone’s world so be sure to keep that promise!! 

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Author: Kim Peterson, MA, LPC-S, RPT

Kim is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Supervisor, and Registered Play Therapist in Dallas, Texas.

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