Isn’t it frustrating when your child resorts to attention seeking behavior and nothing you do seems to snap them out of it?
It’s tiring to be the parent that everyone stares at because your child is constantly drawing attention at the most inopportune moment in the most embarrassing way.
Every day millions of parents take their children into public settings with no issues at all. Their children stand out for their polite manners and quiet demeanor. These parents’ children are complimented and noticed for all of the right reasons.
Then there are parents that face the constant battle of trying to rein their children in for bringing attention to themselves for all of the wrong reasons.
Do you fall into the latter of the two categories?
What if I told you that you are not alone? That there are others out there that face the same challenges every single day?
I know because I was one of them. And still belong to the club some days.
However, having walked through this trial and having mostly broken out of the attention seeking behavior my son displayed, I can shed some light on a few ways to keep your sanity while doing the same. I hope some of you find this helpful in your own journeys with your kids.
First Things First: Find the “Why?” That Drives the Attention Seeking Behavior
Trying to find out why your child is seeking attention is always a good starting point. Ask yourself this question: why is my child acting this way?
In my case, my middle son is not my biological son. He is one of my stepchildren that I have adopted to raise as my own.
When we first got custody of him he was an expert at causing a scene anytime, anywhere. He wanted to be sure everyone saw him, gave him attention, and that all of the attention went to him and not our other two children.