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Concentration vs Distraction: How can Parents Help their Child to Concentrate

Updated on October 25, 2017
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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 by starting at a lighted candle
Concentration by starting at a lighted candle | Source

Concentration is a positive virtue of man.

© Chitrangada Sharan Sept. 2014

All Rights Reserved.

  • 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/ 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.

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 favorite movie or a cartoon film, computers, food, siblings or any other thing.
  • The result is 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 and parents can help their children achieve this.

  • Concentration helps in studying and learning;

  • Concentration helps in better comprehension;

  • Concentration helps them 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

Some Tips To Help Your Child 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 studies and getting 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 study 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 and 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 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, week, 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 completes that assignment, ask him to tick mark, 'completed'. This gives a sense of achievement and helps to concentrate on what portion is left.

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

3. The SQ3R method:

This is 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 lot of energy. It is important to convert it in a positive way. 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 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 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 colors 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 mind and not collection of 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 parents and teachers is to support children in developing concentration for activities of their choice.
  • At the same time, we need to encourage them to experiment and stay with activities that challenge skills they're not as comfortable with.

© Chitrangada Sharan 12th Sept. 2014

All Rights Reserved.


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      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.


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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!

    • word55 profile image


      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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