Children seek attention and approval from adults – from the first scribble to the first word, their centre of universe revolves around the parents.
A child that wants attention will get it by some means. This is usually done in a positive way. Tim Francis, a psychologist offers advice for attention-seeking behaviour in children.
Most adults will look at the usual attention-seeking behaviour in children as 'normal'. Kids and young adults are still growing and maturing. They are not yet emotionally, mentally or physically developed.
By trial and error, growing children figure out what makes adults continue to give them attention and what drives them away. Since they are dependent on us, they do everything they can to get the love and nurturance they need.
Parents often naturally make their children feel like they’re the center of the universe. Let’s face it, when kids are young, they demand a great deal of care. That level of attention, however, should diminish gradually as children get older.
Do you have a kid that craves attention? They don’t really care about the type of attention they get. It doesn’t really matter if you scold or praise, just as long as all eyes are on them.