MAKE IT STOP!
Let's start by saying that we love our kids wholeheartedly and unconditionally. We would do just about anything to make sure they stay healthy and happy.
But from one parent to another, is there anything more frustrating than being interrupted by our kids at the absolute worst times?
Honestly, it sometimes feels as if our kids will do anything to grab our attention, even if it means becoming a permanent fixture in our adult conversations or tearing the house apart in protest. While there's nothing we love more than spending time with our children, constantly having to deal with inappropriate behavior (especially in front of an audience) can drive even the most level-headed parent up the wall with frustration.
You want to give your kids the attention they deserve, of course. But what if they're asking for it too much?
The truth is that you shouldn't have to drop what you're doing every time your kids want your attention. Recognizing and enforcing that doesn't make you a bad mom or dad.
After all, there will be times in their lives when they won't be able to get what they want exactly when they want it, and, as a parent, it's your job to teach them that patience is something they'll need in life. They might get angry at you for stopping their attention seeking behavior now, but that doesn't mean it's not the right thing for you to do as a parent. They might even thank you for the tough love years from now when they're older — especially after they become parents themselves and understand where you were coming from.
So if your child is acting out more than usual just to get attention from you, it's definitely a problem that you need to address in the right way. It might be hard now, but it will make your kid a more successful and adaptable adult in the long run, and that is what's truly important.
She explains that this behavior pretty much trickles down to the fact that our kids just want to be seen and heard. And now that we think about it, that makes PERFECT sense. For starters, despite the fact that they are naturally inclined to seek out our attention, being in the company of others can get them super excited, considering that they are so used to only being around us.
While it's understandable that it's hard for them to not have our attention every moment of the day, it's still unacceptable. After all, there's a time and a place for everything. We definitely stand behind the notion that teaching our kids not to be attention seekers can make a major difference in their lives when they're older.
If you're ever in these shoes, the tips in this video will help you show them why they can't always be the center of attention will lead you in the right direction.
Teaching them that patience is a virtue is the first step to preparing them for a successful and fulfilled adulthood.