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8 Useful Parenting Tips, to Help Your Child to Concentrate

Updated on December 18, 2018
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Being a parent and teacher,Chitrangada writes with practical understanding and experience about parenting issues and also provides solutions

Help your child concentrate in studies
Help your child concentrate in studies | Source

Concentration is a positive virtue of man.

One of the most important characteristics of a person, is his ability to concentrate. But what is concentration, and why this virtue should be developed?

Concentration is a skill, which enables a person to focus, on a particular thought or subject, while eliminating every other thing from his or her conscious mind.

When we concentrate on something, we do not engage our mind and thoughts, on any other thing or thought. This leads us to be, in complete command, of that thought or subject and eventually, leads us to be more efficient.

In fact, your mind obeys you and you are in complete control, and no irrelevant thought or worries will bother you. Yoga and meditation are helpful in developing concentration. These should be carefully learnt by authorised experts in this field.

Young children adopt these skills easily, if taught correctly from the very beginning. The parents, as well as the teachers, have important roles to play in this regard, since the very beginning, that is the foundation years of the children.

How to concentrate, source: YouTube

Why is it important for students to concentrate?

Students, in particular, are attracted to, too many things at a time. There are lot of distractions, which divert their mind, and when they sit to study, they are restless.

The distractions may be in the form of Television, phone calls or messages from friends, a favourite movie, or a cartoon film, computers, food, siblings, or any other thing.

The result is, that their books are open, but the mind is elsewhere, and after one to two hour has passed, they find, they have not learnt anything.

Therefore, it is very important to focus, and develop concentration. The parents can help their children achieve this.

  • Concentration helps the child, in studying and learning,

  • Concentration helps the child, in better comprehension,

  • Concentration helps the children, to focus on the subject,

  • Concentration helps to learn, more effectively and efficiently, so that the child is able to master the subject, mentally.

A proper study place with adequate lighting
A proper study place with adequate lighting | Source
Concentration in children
Concentration in children | Source

How to control distractions in studies, source: YouTube

8 Useful Tips, To Help Your Child To Concentrate:

  • To develop the ability to concentrate, the mind needs to be trained.
  • Teachers, as well as parents, often complain to the students, that they do not concentrate, and that is the reason, they are not performing well, in the studies and scoring good marks or good grades. Sometimes, the children might even get punishments for this.
  • This may lead to more negative results, than positive, because then the child becomes averse to studies and concentration, and he may believe that he is being forced to do something.
  • Concentration should be made fun and should be achieved, with a positive mind. It should be cultivated, with great understanding, optimistic beliefs and thoughts.

1. The environment of study:

Make sure, that your child has a designated place for his studies. The place should be properly lit and should be adequately ventilated.

It should be neat, tidy and well organized too. Distractions, such as T.V. or Telephones or Computers should not be there, in or around the room.

Preferably, it should be away from your living room, so that, when others are talking, the child does not get disturbed.

2. Planning the study:

Planning the study is very crucial. Set assignments for the day, the week, the months and so on. Still further, set goals for one hour, two hours, three hours and so on.

Sit together, with the child and make a list of the study and learning to be done, on a particular day. As he or she completes that assignment, ask him/ her to tick mark, 'completed'. This gives a sense of achievement, and helps them to concentrate, on what portion is left.

Physical fitness leads to concentration
Physical fitness leads to concentration | Source

3. The SQ3R method:

The SQ3R, is a study method, introduced by Francis Pleasant Robinson in his book, 'Effective study' and is widely followed, by educationists and students of various age groups. The term stands for survey, question, read, recite and review.

If followed effectively, this has been found to increase efficiency, in studying and learning.

4. Physical activity:

Children have a lot of physical energy and mentally, they are very active. It is important to convert it, in The positive dire. Allow them to run, play and be physically active. Make them go to their school, on their bicycle, as physical movements, stimulates brain. They must play in the open grounds, join a sports team, in other words, be physically and mentally active. This helps the, to concentrate better.

It is important to play or run, before the child sits down to study. An active body leads to an active brain.

5. Allow breaks:

Different children, have different span of concentration. Depending on the age, allow them to have some breaks or breathers. But make sure, they do not get distracted during that time. Just move around a bit, or have a glass of water or so.

6. Sound health:

A healthy child can concentrate better. Take care of your child's food habits. Give him healthy food and make sure, he sleeps well. Maintain time, for his meals and restful sleep.

7. Learning should be exciting:

Why is it, that the same child can concentrate better, at a video game, and not on his books?

Try methods, to make learning interesting and fun. This can be done, with visual examples, experiments or other innovative methods.

Let learning be interactive sometimes. Invite his friends, and hold a quiz and sometimes, also reward them, for their correct interpretations or answers.

Let them use real objects, for examples, real colours, and real numbers.

8. Meditation, Yoga, Brain games:

Breathing exercises help a lot, in developing focus and attention. Teach them simple yogic exercise, to develop concentration.

Brain games are also very helpful. Word games, to increase vocabulary, and number games, to develop numerical ability, are very useful, if practiced regularly. There are certain puzzles, which help in developing reasoning power, and the power of analysis among students.

To conclude:

  • The very essence of education is, concentration of the mind, and not collection of the facts. There is no limit, to the power of the human mind.
  • When the ability to concentrate is strong, the mind obeys more readily, and does not engage in futile, negative thoughts or worries.
  • This ability plays an important role in meditation, gaining mental mastery.
  • Children's mental abilities, linguistic abilities or motor-skill levels, also affects their willingness, and ability to concentrate.
  • If an activity, seems too difficult for them, in any one of these areas, children either may avoid participating, or may stay with the activity, but for a short time.
  • The role of the parents and the teachers, is to support the children, in developing concentration, for the activities of their choice.
  • At the same time, we need to encourage them, to experiment, and stay with the activities, which challenge skills, they're not as comfortable with.

Chitrangada Sharan

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    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you teaches12345, for sharing your valuable opinion!

      Obviously you understand the children behavior so well, being a teacher yourself.

      Appreciate your views and support!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      Your suggestions are sound and will help children to gain concentration skills. I always encourage parents to allow their child breaks and to provide a method of relaxation for the mind and body.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Michelle, for your kind visit , support and share!

      You are right, there are too many distractions these days. Thanks!

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I agree with you completely. Often I have observed the domestic birds making their nests and their sense of picking up small pieces of wood and weave them in such a way as to form a beautiful and strong nest, which can hold its eggs safely is really impressive.

      Many thanks for your visit and comments!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Nithya, for your kind visit and positive comments!

      You are learning should be fun and we should adopt some innovative methods for the child to retain interest and concentrate.

      Thanks!

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      Michelle Liew 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Attention spans are shorter with the advent of the net. Sharing!

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It sure is hard for the young ones to concentrate with all the other stimulus going on around them. Birds also concentrate on what they are doing, too. I am working on a study right now that proves that birds are sentient beings, along with other animals, so don't completely dismiss those wise little minds. They may be small, but their brain capacity is every bit as large(if not larger) than our own…food for thought!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub as you say learning should be exciting and fun along with play and games.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks word55, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      Glad you liked this hub!

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks MarleneB, for your kind visit and positive comments!

      I am glad you liked the tips!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks DealForALiving, for your visit and positive comments!

      Thanks for sharing as well!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks billybuc, for your kind visit and encouraging words!

      Once a teacher, always a teacher! You are still guiding so many of us. Thanks!

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Devika, for your kind visit and encouraging words!

      Glad you liked the hub!

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      Al Wordlaw 

      4 years ago from Chicago

      Very good article Chitrangada Sharan. Many families can benefit from this.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      4 years ago from USA

      These are ALL great tips. The one that I find most valuable is having a designated place to study.

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      Sam Deal 

      4 years ago from Earth

      Another great hub with strong points. I'll be sharing this one~

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Excellent suggestions here my friend. I was once a teacher and I know how important this is.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Children need just what have explained here. You attitude towards such topics have shown me another interesting side of your thoughts.

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