My youngest child does not ever care what type of attention he is getting, he just cares about having attention when he wants it and when it is demanded. Now mind you, I have three children, the balancing act can get a bit sticky when one is having an off day, the other is jumping around with little self control and the third is just being down to Earth. You never know what you are waking up to in this household, ever, but one thing that I am starting to be more aware of as a parent is to nip that negative seeking attention behavior in the butt.
Here are 3 useful methods I am practicing as a means to set my youngest back on a positive attention seeking track, hopefully these can help other parents too:
Number 1 – Have creative play time together .. for 10-15 minutes in between adult duties.
Number 2 – Get outside! Go run with your kids, check out your backyard, & let them take charge of how you will play when outside.
Number 3 – Encourage independence. Let the child walk a bit ahead of you, showing them that you trust them, allows for more self respect, and less negative behavior.
In all reality, getting a child to learn to have a bit more self control in their venture for negative attention is to really just set up their day in such a way that they thrive for nothing but positive. Being a proactive person and parent really can help assist in creating a happy, healthy, positive home!