While working with children, I hear parents say all the time that my child can’t focus…I wish they could learn to focus or my child does well at school, however he/she has to work extra hard because they have problems staying focused. Paying attention or focusing is like any other skill, it can be taught, and with practice, it can be applied at will.
Here are five simple tips to be used at home to begin to develop the skill of focus.
1) Always have your children look at you when you are speaking to them. If they are looking at you, chances are they are listening to you and focusing on you.
2) Have them echo back directions. This will ensure that they have heard you and understood you. This is also a check to be sure that they were listening to you the whole time, especially if you were giving them multiple tasks to perform.
3) Establish homework routines, bed time routines and meal time routines to establish good habits and organization. Children have a tendency to focus better with daily routines.
4) Have your children exercise daily. When you exercise, the body releases chemicals to keep the mind sharp and focused.
5) Ensure that your children get the proper amount of sleep. This helps keep the mind sharp and focused. These few simple exercises will go a long way to establish the skill of focus.