Improve your Child's Concentration - Understanding the Problems
By Andrew Loh
Some children may show extreme difficulty while concentrating on
their studies and other activities. These signs may include fickle
mindedness, fidgeting, not paying attention, when someone speaks to
them and getting forgetful from time to time. It could be
frustrating for parents to see their children facing such a delicate
situation. Most parents may also simply fail to notice that their
children have very poor level of concentration. Experts suggest that
lapses in concentration could be a detrimental factor in a child's
life and parents must pay their attention to set right this
condition as soon as possible. Simply speaking, concentration is the
ability to focus on a specific task for a reasonable period.
A perceived lack of concentration could be due to a number of
reasons and causes, most of which depend on the age and health
status of the child. Concentration and attention in children are a
matter of extreme interest in parenting, because of their usability
and importance in achieving academic success. Intelligence and
academic skills are just small parts of the final formula for your
child's educational success.
Educational experts also feel that the ability to concentrate is a
very soft skill that can have adverse impact on the learning
process. In essence, most of the parents often make a trivial issue
by hoping that their children will control their abilities to pay
attention. What they may not realize is that a lack of an ability to
concentrate on daily chorus and classroom work could be a serious
issue that could derail their career achievements. As a parent, you
may wish to know why children lose their focus and concentration,
when they are doing some work and those reasons that cause an
inability to concentrate on important things.
Here are some of them:
Not enough sleep: Tiredness and fatigue that occur because of
insufficient sleep could be very good reasons for your child to lose
concentration. Putting your child to a good night's sleep will help
him or her to develop concentration and focus.
Personal issues: If your child has a disturbed or agitated
mind, he or she may find it very difficult to concentrate on
important things like classroom studies. Peer pressure and an
inability to perform better in the classroom may also affect your
child's ability to concentrate and be attentive.
Lack of motivation and absence of interest: If your child
loses interest in the work, he or she may lose concentration very
easily. Lack of motivation is another factor that has lot of bearing
on your child's ability to develop the power of concentration. This
usually happen to a gifted child who is advanced in the subject.
Health status: Weak health status could be one of the
important reasons for your child to lose focus and concentration.
Weak glandular functions, dehydration and bad eating habits may also
contribute to poor levels of concentration. You may wish to force
your child to eat better food and snacks, instead of all those junk
and oil rich fast food snacks.
Ambient conditions: Intensive activity, extreme noise and a
disturbing surrounding could be other factors that could affect your
child's ability to concentrate.
Lack of exercise: Children need optimal amount of exercise
per day to rejuvenate their body and mind. Lethargy and laziness are
the byproducts of those children, who simply sit in front of TV for
Trouble with teachers: Some children may not like a
particular teacher for some unknown reasons. You may need to resolve
this issue by interacting with that teacher.
Grief and sadness: If there is a tragedy in your family or of
the child is sad due to something, he or she may find concentrating
Some signs and symptoms
Children face difficulties, while completing classroom work, due to
lack of productivity or remembering things needed for attending
Children may try to avoid writing or reading.
Children may fail to meet their deadlines, while completing
classroom tasks and assignments.
Making noises, being disruptive, disturbing his or her peers and
looking forlorn and lost.
Just like you, your child's capability or ability to concentrate
also rely on remaining worry and hassle free. In nature, those
children who are extremely hungry or preoccupied with disturbing
thoughts about family, friends and teachers will also be troubled,
while concentrating or paying attention. The power of concentration
always depends on your children having or possessing an
indefatigable energy to face the impending challenges and risks that
arise in their daily life.