Pankaj Kumar Singh suggests ways in which parents can help increase concentration power in kids
Parenting is an art that involves many aspects with which parents can help the kids learn, grow and evolve as a better individual. According to experts, an important part of this process involves nurturing the kids with proper concentration power. It not only makes them sharp but also develops a disciplined lifestyle that is inevitable. Here are some tips that are effective in improving concentration power in kids.
Understand the child’s need
Every child is different and his/her grasping power is unique. It’s the duty of parents to understand the needs and process accordingly. Some children process information easily when they see it, some are good at hearing and understanding, and some need practical knowledge of the subject. It is important to understand which category your child falls under, mostly because this will help them understand information better and the learning will be more long term than short term.
Healthy and green food
Eating healthy food has a direct link to how well a child concentrates and there are different foods that help increase a child’s concentration. Eating junk food or food rich in sugar makes a child sluggish while food rich in proteins such as almonds, eggs and lean meat has the ability to raise awareness and increase concentration levels! An interesting study at the University of Ulster, UK shows that eating toast and baked beans for breakfast increases cognition. Experts say that eating greens and fruits inject the body with antioxidants which in turn boost your brain power.
Offer a distraction-free environment
It is important to have a study room in the house or a corner, where a child can sit in peace and concentrate while studying. While some children requite soothing and calming environment, others thrive in an environment that las a lot of hustle and bustle. Understanding what kind of environment your child prefers to study is the first step to increase the concentration level in him/her.
Play focus game
Parents should make it a habit of playing with kids every evening and involve some sort of focus games that will improve attention and concentration power. Also, studies have shown that gadgets actually reduce attention span and memory power of children, so they should be used sparingly or not at all.
Discipline and routine in life
Maintaining a disciplined life is difficult but not impossible. Developing this skill at an early age in kids help them build concentration power and lead a healthy lifestyle. This also helps with time management program the child’s brain to know when he has to study and play.
Proper breaks and sleep
It is important to understand that the body needs rest to be active again. It has been proven that most children are able to concentrate best after a good rest. A power nap for twenty minutes after school or in the afternoon should also do the trick to increase concentration.
(The author is the managing director of Cambridge Montessori Pre-School.)