Everyone Needs Attention: Helping Young Children Thrive

Attention seeking is seen as misbehavior in young children, and giving them attention is often times interpreted as reinforcement of bad behavior. In this presentation, we learn how we manage our emotions when children seek our attention. Self-regulation requires small children to go it alone emotionally, and learn not to reach out or lean on adults who care for and educate them. Developing a balance of needing attention and learning to delay gratification can be taught through connection and relationship, not by exclusion and punishment. As we try to sift through appropriate strategies, we first get in touch with how we feel about the child’s attention-seeking behavior: What presses our buttons, what makes us anxious, how does our worldview or mindset affect how we respond? All these factors will influence the strategies we choose to respond to a child’s attention-seeking behavior.

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Date And Time

This training takes place 10/11/2022 at 6:00 PM Central Time, USA.
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90 Minutes

Learning Goals

Attendees will:

  • Learn to self-reflect specifically about ways they received (or were not given) attention when they were children
  • Learn to identify appropriate ways to guide children through learning about self-regulation
  • Develop a deeper understanding about the importance of our relationships with children


Tamar Jacobson

Competency Area

  • Alabama | Personal And Professional Leadership Development / Quality Child Care And Licensing
  • Illinois | Personal And Professional Development
  • Michigan | Professionalism
  • Missouri | Professional Development And Leadership
  • Nebraska | Professionalism And Leadership
  • Oklahoma | Professionalism And Leadership
  • South Dakota | Professionalism
  • Wisconsin | Professionalism
  • CDA | Maintaining A Commitment To Professionalism


Content Level

Beginner / Intermediate

Target Audience

  • Family Child Care Providers
  • Child Care Center Teachers
  • Child Care Center Directors
  • Head Start Teachers
  • Head Start Administrators
  • Early Head Start Teachers
  • Service Coordination Staff
  • Technical Assistance Specialists
  • Home Visitors
  • Parents

Age Group Focus

  • Infants (birth to 12 months)
  • Toddlers (12 months to 36 months)
  • Preschool (36 months to 5 years)
  • School-Age (5 years to 12 years)
  • Adult

National Administrator Credential Approved