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In our fast paced society, more and more parents are admitting that they simply do not have enough time to spend with their children. A child needs that one-on-one, undivided attention from its parents. Frequently ignoring a child could have a serious negative impact on several aspects of that child's development. One area that could suffer is the child's self esteem. The child might grow up feeling forgotten and unimportant. Some children will shrink under this type of stress. They become detached and withdrawn. Others seem to explode outward. They seek the attention they are missing from others. Sometimes this attention seeking behavior takes very negative forms. For instance, a child might start acting out in school to receive attention from teachers. This type of child will find even negative attention appealing. Other children might grow into adults who seek inappropriate relationships to fill the void of missed attention in childhood. Children who are ignored will typically have low self esteems and have difficulty building healthy relationships.
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