8 Useful Parenting Tips, to Help Your Child to Concentrate
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
- 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.
Do you think ability to concentrate can be developed with practice?
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