How to Improve Lack of Concentration in Children?
Created by Sukanya Banerjee Updated on Dec 01, 2020
Lack of activities and too much involvement in gadgets is probably putting a toll on the concentration powers or on the level of child's concentration. I find it hard to make my son and study for more than 30-mins at a stretch. He needs a break always. He does have a good reading habit. But of course, visuals are always more attractive to him. But even if he watches 30-mins of visuals, I find that he takes loads of time to concentrate on his/her studies after that.
I remember playing badminton with other children in our neighbourhood. The winter afternoons and vacation mornings were spent in a wonderful way. Now I pay a club so that my son can go and play some badminton with the children of his age. I do not want him to be a national or international player, but just want him to enjoy. This is a common conversation with most of the fellow mothers here & there.
Tips to Help Increase Your Child's Concentration Power:
So, I gave it a thought and spoke with some of the fellow moms who had found a way out. Few ideas that can help keep boosting your child's concentration power. Read on below...
- Restrict Gadget-time: Take away visual time from your child. Restrict it and be firm about it. Gadgets interfere with the concentration levels of a child. Hence restriction is advised.
- Engage in Fun-filled Sports: Sports help in disciplining the child and also helps in concentration skills. Engage them in some sport, even if it is two days in a week.
- Introduce Board Games: I know you must be exhausted after work. If you cannot, try to find someone who can play some interesting board game with your child. A game of Pictionary or Scrabble can make your child concentrate or focus. child psychologist /Experts recommends board games to enhance child's concentration.
- Engage in DIY Crafts: Crafts are a good way to engage your child. Try something new so that he puts his mind in it. There are numerous suggestions available online to help you. Please don’t scold him because he messed it up. Let him do most of it on his own. More here: Why DIY Crafts Are Good Thing for children?
- Encourage for Outdoor Game or Activity: Take them out for an outdoor activity. It will be fantastic if both the parents can engage themselves in this. It will also create a bonding with the parents who stay busy throughout the week.
- Indulge in Memory Games: Play memory games with your child when you all are sitting idle or travelling to strengthen or boosting child's memory. These games help in improving concentration levels also. Read: 10 Playful Ways to Improve Memory
- Encourage for Reading: Encourage them to read anything and everything, even if they are reading the comic strip in the newspaper or any article. Reading fires imagination, and a good story always help in increasing concentration levels/memory.
- Let Them Weave Stories: This will also let their imaginations prosper. I am not saying that encourage them to survive in a fairy tale world. But when a child is speaking his mind out, he is also concentrating.
- Arrange Play Dates: Arranging playdate might be too much to handle, but they are good for your child’s growth. A healthy mind leads to a focused brain.
- Study & Play-time Balance: Balancing between studies and play time is important. So if studies are important free times are equally important. Too much of anything is bad. So balance it.
I know it is easier said than done, but who said parenting was easy. You are nurturing an innocent mind and trying to grow a smart and happy human being. When I asked my son what are the top 5 things to do, I was surprised he did not say TV on the first go. The first thing he said was playing football or cricket. That was followed by reading books, watching television, drawing and building with his Lego or Mechanix.
At the end remember, One of the most important things for a child to concentrate is when she gets enough attention to things done by her. Spend some time with her and do little things with them. Engage your child in household activities which will make them feel important.
Boredom is probably the biggest reason for a lack of concentration. An active child will probably find it easier to concentrate. But that does not mean that you always have to keep them engaged. Let them spend some time on their own. A healthy child will definitely be able to concentrate more.
Do you have any feedback or views on this? Please share them with us in the comments section below.
| Dec 09, 2016
it is realy interesting but how to manage time she comes home @ 5:00 and go for music and vocal from 5:30 to 6:30 for 5days after she takes her dinner she starts her homework and studies @7:00 to 9:00 and spend her time with family and go to bed she is 4th std
| Jan 14, 2017
Thanks its inspiring blog.. my son is 8 yrs old and mad abt cricket.. bt cant concentrate on studies even for 15 minutes at a stretch.. he has some excuse or the,other to take a break from study.. bt he plays almost whole time indoor or out door whrn not in school,. I will apply few things mentioned in blog on him,.
| Jun 29, 2018
Tips mentioned would be very helpful in regular practice,similarly i have a blog hope this help in effective ways http://www.drsinternational.com/blog/how-to-help-my-child-concentrate/ Regards Sneha