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Improve Your Child’s Concentration

Improve Your Child's Focus

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It is possible to improve your child’s concentration and focus.


Concentration and focus is something we all struggle with on occasion. Learning how to focus is not always easy. As it is,  we live in a world full of distractions.

To improve your child’s concentration and focus skills, we must think of it like a muscle that requires a lot of exercise.

 So what does it take to help your child’s concentration and focus, regardless of their age? 

Practice Observing Things


The fact is that we can all become distracted by what we have on the inside, and this is why sometimes focusing on anything can be difficult, but we need to be able to observe things in the moment. A very good example is when we are trying to observe something that’s going by fast. When we train our brain to speed up, it gives us little time to really think about what’s going on in our heads and focus on what is happening right there. You can do this by getting your children to play more driving games and games where there is a speed element. When we start to observe things in the moment, it allows us to develop a flow state where things may be going by at such a speed but we are observing them at 110% focus.


Setting Aside Time To Practice


Young children can concentrate for up to 20 minutes depending on the task but we can learn how to practice focusing. You can find numerous focusing exercises out there, but for children, it’s about making sure that you choose the right practices based on their interests. This is why video games can be very useful because there is an instant reward. However, you’ve got to make sure that it really does give them that opportunity to focus. So if your child wants to play more action-based games that don’t require any focus, you need to try and balance this out with something a bit more slow-burning. 

Set Aside a Dedicated Space


We live in a world of multitasking. In order to actually focus effectively, we need to do one thing at a time. Multitasking diminishes our ability to concentrate, so if you have many distractions at home and you want your child to concentrate, find a corner they can retreat to. Make it a quiet space with no noise so they can get into the right frame of mind. 

Slow the Heart Rate Down


Going back to the idea of being focused on our internal practices, if we learn how to calm down, our mind is clearer. When we face challenging tasks we become more anxious, which will increase our heart rate. One of the best ways to calm down is to breathe slowly in through the nose and out through it. Because there are so many aspects of stress that can be the obstacle to focusing when we get rid of stress it makes everything a lot easier to achieve.

From money management to video games, there’s a lot that children have to focus on in the modern world and that’s why focus is undoubtedly the key skill we need to develop in our children.


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Naturally Yours,
Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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30 thoughts on “Improve Your Child’s Concentration”

  1. Your tips are very doable. I need to share this post with my daughter. The pandemic has “forced” children to do online learning and it is such a challenge for them to stay focused on listening to the teacher via zoom meetings. I have seen my grandson easily distracted during class. We need to work on teaching him to focus and concentrate on his studies. Thanks for your advice.

  2. These are great pointers for children. It does take some effort to make sure kids have the skills they need for things like test taking or other things that require focus.

  3. Heather Klein Wolf

    Oh how I could’ve benefited from this article 10 years ago! Love the dedicated space idea–I bet that works wonders.

  4. Great tips, I agree a calmer composure really helps with concentration. Kids are so overstimulated these days and so it is no wonder that so many have a hard time concentrating.

  5. This is such an amazing resource. As a mom, I’ve always found attention span and concentration to be my biggest hurdle with the kids. Thanks!

  6. Melanie williams

    Such a good post not too much information and some really practical, sound and sensible advice thank you so much. I will be sharing this for sure x

  7. Its quite natural for most kids to have difficulty to focus for more than a few moments on any task. Thank you for these tips. I appreciate it

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.