How to Use ‘Planned Ignoring’ to Guide a Child’s Behavior
Planned ignoring is not paying attention to a child who is misbehaving. It means not looking at the child and not talking to them while they behave a certain way.
Winning a parent’s attention is a big reward for children, which is essentially why planned ignoring works. If your child behaves in a certain what and gets your attention, they are more likely to repeat the action. But if you ignore their behavior, it’s less likely to happen again.
Parenting is a tough job, and as a provider of child care services in Anaheim, California, we understand if many parents struggle with teaching their children good behavior, especially if it’s their first time.
If you’re wondering how to effectively use planned ignoring with your little ones, here are some tips that our preschool in Anaheim, California like to use:
- Keep the ignoring short — no more than 30 seconds for a toddler and a few minutes for older children.
- If you think you’ll find it hard to ignore your child, plan ways to distract yourself.
- Don’t look at or say anything to your child while they are misbehaving. Try to completely ignore them.
- Give yourself positive attention when he/she is doing good.
At our learning center in California, we believe that positive attention garners positive results from children.
Happy Hearts Preschool and Childcare offers more than just early childhood education — we’re also a licensed home child care provider. If you ever need help with your little ones at home, you know who to call. (714-403-7352).