Some children demand constant attention and will not take “no” for an answer. Just as children need to learn the importance of saying “please” and “thank you,” they need to learn how to appropriately make requests.
If you’re the parent of a demanding child, rest assured that this is not a new problem and there are many, many people in the same boat. Demanding behavior from children is common—most parents have to deal with it to some degree.
Remember, though, a demanding child provides a parent with an opportunity to teach.
Here are some helpful tips to coach your child to become less demanding and more polite when making requests.
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Denise Rowden is a parent of two adult children and has been a parenting coach since 2010. She has worked in Special Education, Alternative Education and adolescent group homes. She has a BS in Psychology from the University of Southern Maine and is currently working on her Life Coach certification from the International Coach Federation.