Dec 13

Ignoring your child vs. Ignoring your child’s behavior

How often are we told “just ignore it, it will stop” when referring to a child’s behavior. Ignoring is a very hard thing to do well! Some parents feel that if they ignore the child they are being neglectful. What is important to remember is that you are not ignoring the child, you are ignoring the behavior you want to change. Try ignoring the behavior with one of these techniques,

  • Break eye contact
  • Repeat a directive
  • Change the subject
  • Turn away

All of these techniques are ways to remove attention, or ignore. Read more about removing attention to bring about positive behaviors in “Win the Whining war and Other Skirmishes-A family peace plan” by Cynthia Whitham, MSW. (