Sometimes not giving your undivided attention to children leads to them acting out and throwing tantrums. However, it is not easy to give all your attention to your child during a hectic day. Alexandra Borisevich, an early childhood educator and child rearing expert, explained in her recent Instagram post that just a few minutes a day can amplify positive responses in children by reducing the risk of challenging behavior. According to Borisevich, children’s tantrums are their way of getting their parents’ attention, which is why a simple daily routine can help solve this usual requirement.
She explained: “Children often act to get attention, and even negative attention is better than no attention at all. The need for attention is really a need for connection, a universal basic need, meaning we have a child who’s trying to get attention.” get’ don’t want to ignore.”
The expert suggested that parents have options to spend more and more time with their children to minimize their tantrums and give them attention from the start.
“Spend time responding to and trying to stop challenging behaviors (which reinforce them!),” she said. Another way is to give attention beforehand: “Give positive attention beforehand, which reduces a child’s need to behave in a challenging way to get your attention,” she explained.
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In the same post, Alexandra Borisevich shared simple tips for parents to make more time for kids:
- Put your phones away for 5 minutes, go to your child and play / cuddle / read etc
- Play a game, be it in the car while going to school or anywhere. The expert recommends playing ‘I Spy’.
- Pick a chore that kids can help with, such as sorting the laundry.
- Mention positive things that you notice in your child.
- Have breakfast, lunch and dinner together without the intervention of technology.
- Spend 5 minutes talking about the day before going to bed.
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