Children often have wandering minds. They’re so preoccupied with thoughts of friends, play, and activities that it can be hard to focus in school. An important step toward the start of a great day for your child is a healthy and nutritious breakfast. Not only will it help them stay focused throughout the day, but it will also provide them with the needed energy to succeed at tasks. If they are having trouble focusing at home, encourage them to develop good habits with honest communication and support. If they are still having trouble, here are some helpful ways to help develop their focusing skills, which will serve them well in the future.
It’s Not Always About Their Lack of Effort
If you notice your child has been having significant problems with focusing on tasks, there may be an underlying problem of which you’re not aware. It may seem extreme, but taking your child to the doctor and having them examined a couple of times a year is a great idea. Sometimes, cognitive development is slowed by outside circumstances, and by force-focusing your child, you may be ignoring something you didn’t know was there. Some children discover that they are OCD, ADD or ADHD when they’re very young through this kind of vigilance. Then a plan can be created to address the condition.
Encourage Them to Perform Tasks Quickly for Rewards
When a child has chores, they are going to complete them much more slowly if they can’t see what’s in it for them. Letting them outside to play after doing their homework or cleaning their room is a great motivator for helping them stay on task. If they do a quick or not very good job just to get to the reward, patiently explain that the reward is based on doing good work. In the beginning, your child may need a good deal of support from you in completing such chores, but over time you can back off until they are doing them on their own.