At every Cuddles Childcare Centre in the Perth area that caters to surrounding suburbs such as Cannington, we have one mandatory question that is used in every decision we make: “Is it better for the children?” One of the things that we have found to always be better for the children is positive attention. It works great in daycare and it works even better at home.
What is Positive Attention?
Positive attention is exactly what it sounds like: paying attention to your child in a positive, nurturing manner. This includes, smiling, eye contact with positive facial expressions, using words that encourage and celebrate your child and being physically caring and gentle. It also includes showing interest in what your child is doing, including achievements, activities and interests.
Why is it Better for Your Child?
Positive attention is better for your child because it teaches them that they are loved and valued and that they are capable human beings. When children receive positive responses and reactions from adults, it does wonders for their self-esteem.
The self-image of a child is built over time with whatever messages they receive from their world. In their early years, they receive those messages from their immediate family. Positive messages develop a positive, emotionally-healthy child. Negative messages can harm a child’s self-image and have severe consequences as they begin to interact with their peers.
Positive attention can help a child feel safe, secure and welcome in the world. Negative attention can make them feel inadequate, unsafe and uncertain of their place among their peers. Babies who receive too much negative attention can show signs of stress as early as six months of age.
Providing Your Toddler with Positive Attention
It is easy to provide your toddler with positive attention. Check your facial expressions and tone of voice when interacting with your toddler. Make every moment with them a positive one. Remember: your child is depending on you for love and direction.
Contact your nearest Cuddles Childcare Centre to learn more.