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Improve your Child's Concentration - Tips and Suggestions

By Andrew Loh

Low concentration and attention levels are a common problem among millions of children. With each passing day, more children are suffering from concentration problems, when they find it extremely difficult and tough to concentrate or focus on a particular issue for too long. Loss of concentration could pose a serious problem to your child, especially in his or her classroom. Nevertheless, nurturing concentration and focus in your child is a not difficult task. You can help your children develop focus and concentration, by using a number of useful activities and exercises. The biggest advantage of nurturing concentration, focus and attention is the total enhancement of your children's memory and mental agility.

You can do a number of things to help your children develop the power of focus, attention and concentration. Helping your children with these noble characters will give rise to more sharper and intelligent individuals.

Here are some simple techniques that will help your children nurture focus and concentration:

Keep a watch on your children: Almost all children possess the power of concentration! However, they may not focus or concentrate on the things that are very important now. Before you can assume that your child can never concentrate, just stop and think for some time. You may need to observe your child for some days to study his or her behavior with extreme care. You can make a note of those times or moments, when you find your child drifting away. Just note down what exactly is happening, when your child is not concentrating. It could be just running away to watch a cartoon show on the TV or dating away to the backyard garden to play some games. There are some definite reasons that make your child lose concentration and focus. If you look carefully, you can find the reason that is making your child lose concentration.

Act with reason: Children are always fickle minded and their level of concentration is far lower when compared to adults. Your child may not concentrate for a long time. Even you cannot concentrate for longer durations! You have to be reasonable with your child here! Here is a thumb rule:

Tip: You should feel happy when your child (five to seven years old) retains the levels of concentration for about five minutes at a stretch.

Try to develop a higher level of interest in daily activities: Improved concentration levels mean better classroom performance. Like parent, like child! Children tend to develop natural interest in some specific issues or things. Children also tend to pick lots of cue from their parents and their hobbies. When you show an interest in what your child is doing, it may help him or her develop your own hobbies, skills, talent and interests. When your child shows an interest in doing some things, it will slowly develop into motivation. Motivation or a state of taking initiative, will soon lead to better concentration and focus.

Praise more than you criticize your child: Praising is an important reward! However, most parents never understand the power of praise. You may wish to avoid criticizing your child unnecessarily especially, when he or he is losing concentration because of some reasons. When you notice that your child is drifting to his or her own world, try to drag back to the normal world. Do not punish your children without any reasons.

Give rewards: Rewards act like sweet carrots! Reward your child when he or she shows better signs of developing concentration. When they show a sign of improvements in concentration, you can always honor them with an ice cream or a toy!

Provide the best ambience: It pays you to create the conditions in your home needed to improve concentration. Provide a calm and quite environment, while your child is studying or doing homework. Turn off the TV, when the time comes for doing class work. Sit down with your child, while he or she is studying. Provide them invaluable tips about how they can be the best students in their class. See that they do similar things for at least 15 minutes or more; if your child is writing, cajole him or her to continue with the work for that duration.

Extra games and sundry activities that help your child develop concentration and focus:

  1. Chess develops concentration, focus, imagination and predicting.

  2. Board games - help develop thinking skills, evaluation power, imagination and concentration.

  3. Story telling helps your child grow the power of imagination, focus, creativity and vision.

  4. Missing numbers and game of opposites Assists in developing the power of concentration, logic, imagination and arithmetic

Every child is a mirror image of his or her parents. Just remember that your child may have his or her own problems that may be affecting concentration and attention. Make an effort to know the causes or reasons, before you nurture focus and concentration in your child.


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