10 Tips to Increase Concentration In Your Child
"Could you stop fidgeting and concentrate on your homework? You need to finish it within the next one hour”
I am certain that we have all instructed this to our children at least a few dozen times when they sit down to study. It is often a task to get kids seated in one place, focus on their work and finish it without getting distracted.
Do you feel that your child is unable to concentrate on tasks at hand and other activities? Do you always keep wondering as to how to get your child to concentrate on studies? Have been lately browsing articles about hyperactivity and ADHD?
Well, do not fret. We are here to share with you 10 research based and expert recommended tips on how to increase concentration in your child:
1. Encourage games that require focus and attention
It is not surprising that children learn more by playing and it is always a good idea to make their regular activities fun. You can play Thinking Games, like crossword puzzles, which help improve the child’s ability to focus as it requires planning and use of memory. You could also try making them play games of sequencing. Sequencing enhances concentration to a large extent and following recipes, putting things in alphabetical order and other such activities are great for kids who face issues with their ability to concentrate.
If nothing else, you could encourage your child to just sit in a chair without unnecessary movement. Try to make him stick in there for as long as he can.
2. Divide a big task into smaller, easily achievable tasks
I had been telling my eight year old niece to clean her cupboard for weeks, yet availed no success. Till one fine day, I asked her to make sure that the lower shelf is sorted by the evening. And voila! She did it.
The ability to complete a huge task in one go requires a great amount of concentration and discipline. It is therefore a better alternative to split the homework, housework and other tasks into smaller, simpler ones. A bigger task comes across as intimidating, and might seem overwhelming. Smaller achievements, leading to the completion of a bigger goal, provide a sense of achievement to the child and makes it easier for them to focus on the goal.
3. Set routines
It is essential to maintain a schedule for your child. It can be a very flexible one, but there has to be something that your child must adhere to. This helps them not only to improve focus, but also to build time-management skills. It helps your child become more confident and independent.
4. Make way for all electronics to be sent to the junkyard
You must also ensure that your child steers away from gadgets, tablets and smartphones and spend more time playing outdoors or with regular toys. Gadgets have been proven to reduce attention span and memory power of children. They enhance the distraction and can become very addictive.
5. Serve them more greens and a healthy diet
Your child’s diet has a direct correlation to how well he can concentrate. While junk foods make a child sluggish, certainly, there are also foods that help to boost concentration. Foods, like almonds, eggs and lean meat, which are rich in protein have a proven ability to help improve concentration levels. Eating a diet rich in greens and fruits helps pump antioxidants into the body which in turn results in an increase in brain power.
Exercise has also proved to be helpful in improving the concentration and performance of kids at school. They require a mind-body coordination which helps brain to actively think and focus. However, some children might find exercise boring and monotonous. For them, playing sports is the best alternative. They could also develop the habit of a healthy competition and team spirit through these sports.
7. Give them adequate nap-time
Studies have shown that a power nap of around twenty minutes, after school, helps to increase the concentration among children. All bathroom breaks, hunger pangs and dizziness should be taken care of before putting your child in the study area, as these act as obstacles to being able to concentrate.
8. Understand your child’s preferred method of learning
All children have different preferred way to be best able to grasp a thing. It is important to understand whether your child learns better by seeing, hearing or practically doing something. This knowledge would help you figure out the best way to make your child remember something for a longer duration. Accordingly, you could take the help of flash cards, music tapes, or even kinaesthetic to improve the learning ability of your child.
9. Incentivize good habits
Set up a valuable reward system. Incentives need not be in the form of toys, or chocolates but could rather be praises and even books for further reading. This way, the child is motivated constantly to keep working on the task in hand. So if your child like to solve Math problems and has difficulty in reading Hindi, you could let him solve an extra page of sums as a reward for studying Hindi say for an hour.
10. Channelize their energy
Some children have very high levels of energy in the morning while the others during the evenings. Always make sure to start tougher activities with your child during his high energy time. As energy levels decrease, you could switch to easier, lighter activities which help in increasing concentration.