What Is the Difference Between Giving a Child Attention & Spoiling Them?

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There is a fine line between giving a child attention and spoiling them. Find out about the differences between giving a child attention and spoiling them with help from a family case worker in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Christina Gavenda, at DomesticFelicity.com, and today we're going to talk about the difference between giving your child attention and spoiling them. I really believe that the difference is the intention of the parent. If your attention is to make things as easy and painless in the immediate for yourself and your child, then that's going to lead you to not disciplining them as much, and giving into them when they're displaying bad behavior to get what they want. When you give into them when they're behaving badly, what you're teaching them is that that behavior will get them what they want. That's not positive loving attention to give them. Positive loving attention is listening to them, being present with them, playing with them. That sort of attention can't spoil your child, and you don't need to worry about that. It's the attention of giving them whatever they want just to get them to stop the behavior that you don't want them to be displaying, which then teaches them exactly what you don't want to teach them. That bad behavior gets them good things. Thanks so much for watching, my name is Christina Gavenda, today we talked about the differences between spoiling and giving them attention.

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