Whether you work outside the home, have a stay-at-home job, or are a stay-at-home parent, there are always going to be demands on your time. As a parent, you want what's best for your child. You want them to be happy, healthy, and successful in life. However, sometimes, it's hard to give them all the attention they need. But sometimes you just have to make time for it. If you're wondering whether your child could use a little more attention from you, Dr. Chandni Tugnait M.D. (Alternative Medicines), Psychotherapist, Life Coach, Business Coach, NLP Expert, Healer, Founder & Director- Gateway of Healing, shares seven signs to look out for:
1. They are withdrawn or anxious around other people
If your child is normally outgoing but has become withdrawn or anxious around other people, it may be a sign that they need your attention. They may feel like they have to compete for your attention and so they might be pulling back from others.
2. They are acting out in school or at home
This can manifest itself in many ways, such as acting out in class, getting into fights with siblings, or having tantrums. If this is out of character for your child, it may be a sign that they need more one-on-one time with you.
3. They seem needy or clingy
If your child seems unusually needy or clingy, they might need more attention from you. They may want to sit on your lap all the time, sleep in your bed, or may always want to be near you. They may also try to interrupt you when you are talking to others or are engaged in other activities.
4. They seem jealous of others who get more attention than they do
If your child seems jealous of others who get more attention than they do (e.g., a younger sibling), it's a sign that they want more attention from you too. It's important to make sure that each child feels like they're getting enough individualised time and attention so that they don't feel left out or neglected.
5. They cry easily or seem unhappy most of the time
They may feel neglected and assume you don't have time for them. This can lead to feelings of insecurity and low self-esteem.
6. They tend to daydream a lot or space out frequently
This could be because their mind is wandering if they're bored . Boredom often occurs when a person isn't being stimulated enough mentally. If your child isn't getting enough mental stimulation at home, it could be one of the reasons why they're spacing out. Try doing some fun, interactive activities with them that will engage their mind and help prevent boredom.
7. They're always seeking approval
If your child is always seeking approval, whether it's from you, their friends, or even strangers, it could be because they’re feeling insecure. This can sometimes manifest itself as rebellious behaviour as the child tries to get a reaction out of the adults in their life. If you notice this behaviour in your child, encourage authentic communication & spend some extra time showing them love and affection so that they know that they are valued.
If you notice any of these signs in your child, it may be an indication that they need more attention from you. In today's busy world, it's easy to let our children be on their own as we focus on work, school, and other commitments. However, our children need us just as much as we need them. So make sure you take the time to give them the space, attention, and love that they deserve & desire!
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