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Improve your Child's Concentration - Understanding the Problems

By Andrew Loh

Some children may show extreme difficulty while concentrating on their studies and other activities. These signs may include fickle mindedness, fidgeting, not paying attention, when someone speaks to them and getting forgetful from time to time. It could be frustrating for parents to see their children facing such a delicate situation. Most parents may also simply fail to notice that their children have very poor level of concentration. Experts suggest that lapses in concentration could be a detrimental factor in a child's life and parents must pay their attention to set right this condition as soon as possible. Simply speaking, concentration is the ability to focus on a specific task for a reasonable period.

A perceived lack of concentration could be due to a number of reasons and causes, most of which depend on the age and health status of the child. Concentration and attention in children are a matter of extreme interest in parenting, because of their usability and importance in achieving academic success. Intelligence and academic skills are just small parts of the final formula for your child's educational success.
Educational experts also feel that the ability to concentrate is a very soft skill that can have adverse impact on the learning process. In essence, most of the parents often make a trivial issue by hoping that their children will control their abilities to pay attention. What they may not realize is that a lack of an ability to concentrate on daily chorus and classroom work could be a serious issue that could derail their career achievements. As a parent, you may wish to know why children lose their focus and concentration, when they are doing some work and those reasons that cause an inability to concentrate on important things.

Here are some of them:

Not enough sleep: Tiredness and fatigue that occur because of insufficient sleep could be very good reasons for your child to lose concentration. Putting your child to a good night's sleep will help him or her to develop concentration and focus.

Personal issues: If your child has a disturbed or agitated mind, he or she may find it very difficult to concentrate on important things like classroom studies. Peer pressure and an inability to perform better in the classroom may also affect your child's ability to concentrate and be attentive.

Lack of motivation and absence of interest: If your child loses interest in the work, he or she may lose concentration very easily. Lack of motivation is another factor that has lot of bearing on your child's ability to develop the power of concentration. This usually happen to a gifted child who is advanced in the subject. 

Health status: Weak health status could be one of the important reasons for your child to lose focus and concentration. Weak glandular functions, dehydration and bad eating habits may also contribute to poor levels of concentration. You may wish to force your child to eat better food and snacks, instead of all those junk and oil rich fast food snacks.

Ambient conditions: Intensive activity, extreme noise and a disturbing surrounding could be other factors that could affect your child's ability to concentrate.

Lack of exercise: Children need optimal amount of exercise per day to rejuvenate their body and mind. Lethargy and laziness are the byproducts of those children, who simply sit in front of TV for hours together.

Trouble with teachers: Some children may not like a particular teacher for some unknown reasons. You may need to resolve this issue by interacting with that teacher.

Grief and sadness: If there is a tragedy in your family or of the child is sad due to something, he or she may find concentrating very difficult.

Some signs and symptoms

  1. Children face difficulties, while completing classroom work, due to lack of productivity or remembering things needed for attending school.

  2. Children may try to avoid writing or reading.

  3. Children may fail to meet their deadlines, while completing classroom tasks and assignments.

  4. Making noises, being disruptive, disturbing his or her peers and looking forlorn and lost.

Just like you, your child's capability or ability to concentrate also rely on remaining worry and hassle free. In nature, those children who are extremely hungry or preoccupied with disturbing thoughts about family, friends and teachers will also be troubled, while concentrating or paying attention. The power of concentration always depends on your children having or possessing an indefatigable energy to face the impending challenges and risks that arise in their daily life.


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