The power to focus is one of the key determinants of our educational and professional success. Good focus or concentration capacity enables us to learn better and to gain mastery on any subject or task. So how as a parent, you can help your child to develop a strong concentration level?
Counsellor Shivani Misri Sadhoo says parents should first check certain conditions in their child that could affect his/her concentration power, like:
– A child may fail to concentrate when he/she is worried or scared about something (it can be caused due to a bully in school, abuse in neighbour or due to parent’s bad relationship). Under the bully scenario, parents should immediately report the matter to the school and meet the teachers and if the problem persists (i.e. the child still continues to suffer from anxiety and worry) consult a counsellor immediately. In case of an abuse, parents should report the matter to the authority and get the child counselled by an expert.
– A child may fail to concentrate when he/she is physically and mentally exhausted. It is the most common cause of concentration failure in children and generally can be corrected with good daily routine and a good diet. Parents can consult a paediatrics in this matter.
– A child may suffer concentration issues due to poor diet – lower green vegetable intake and over eating of junk and fast food. Parents should take extra caution to give their kids food rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are essential for brain development and functioning.
– A child may also suffer concentration issues due to lack of playing. Remember Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Child's daily playing is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them.