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HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR CHILD’S CONCENTRATION SKILLS.
In this day and age, getting our children to concentrate on a specific education based task, whether its studying, reading or even homework, has become quite an uphill struggle.
You see them constantly fidgeting and looking around because, as they are naturally energetic, they are very easily distracted.
This is by far, not the ideal state you want your child to be in if they are expected to study and achieve satisfactory grades.
This is because any form of learning, whether it is school work, or learning to ride a bike, requires the child to concentrate and focus on the task at hand to engage their natural learning abilities.
Many of these distractions are caused by your children becoming bored with the task they’ve been given.
So what do they do?
They start looking around the room for something more interesting and fun.
And once their attention shifts to something more enjoyable, it often becomes difficult for parents to guide their children back to the task at hand.
So here are a few ways for you to help your child concentrate better.
Clear all Distractions.
Your child’s learning environment should be free from any distractions.
The biggest distractions for children nowadays are televisions, mobile phones, tablets, and game consoles.
Switch these devices off and keep them in another room if possible.
As adults, our mobile phones are our biggest distractions. Every time we hear a ‘ping!’, we grab our phones to see what it is.
Some children concentrate better in calm and quiet environments, while others are quite happy to have background noise or chatter.
Its a good idea to understand your child’s best learning environment and create that for them.
If they wish, you could play a little background music.
Mozart has been found to be beneficial for learning or studying.
Before they begin studying, make sure your child has all their writing materials right there with them.
The last thing your want is for your child to keep getting up to go and get something from another room.
Their concentration will be broken and it can take almost 11 minutes for them to get back into a focused state again.
Create a Schedule
Fix a routine for your child to follow on a daily basis.
This will prime their brain for learning because through daily repetition, their brain will know when its time to study, and hence when concentration is required.
It also helps them manage their time. A good life skill to learn at an early age, don’t you think?
Do not be too strict with each task and what time it should be done.
Give them a little leeway but not too much.
Make sure they get enough Sleep.
We all know how important sleep is and how lack of sleep can affect our concentration.
This is even more so in children.
But even after a good nights sleep, if your child comes home from school tired, allow them a 20 minute power nap to help recharge their batteries before they begin their learning schedule.
Yes this may offset the schedule a bit, but like I said above, be flexible.
When your child wakes up from their power nap, they’ll be in a brainwave sate known as alpha.
This is considered the ideal state for learning.
Is your child Meditating Yet?
Yes meditation seems to be the in thing nowadays. It can be incredibly useful because it primes the brain to become calm.
And a calm mind allow for better concentration and focus on all tasks. Not just studying.
I understand that its often difficult to get your child to sit still so how could you possibly get them to meditate.
One trick is to make it into a game.
Ask your child to sit comfortably with their hands on their laps and eyes closed. Now ask them to notice their breathing. Are they breathing from the chest or diaphragm?
Ask them to observe their chest or diaphragm rise and fall with each breath. As they do so, ask them to mentally say the word ‘in’ when they inhale, and mentally say the word ‘out’ when they exhale.
As you give these instructions to your children, talk slowly and quietly. This will create calmness within them and therefore improve their concentration.
Be gentle with this process. If they find it difficult at first to concentrate, don’t force it. Just gently guide them with your instructions.
Set a time in your child’s schedule to do this daily for at least 10 minutes.
My children meditate daily and it shows in their calmness and concentration.
Try these yourself and let me know in the comments below which one you’re going to start with.
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