Child
11th Aug 2020

On a daily basis, there’s an array of different ideas, new experiences and potential sources of entertainment constantly vying for your child’s attention.

Between school, homework, social activities, extra-curricula sports and clubs, and ever-updating social media streams, they may find it challenging to focus their attention on the task at hand from time to time.

So, what tips and tricks can you use that may help your child to support your child’s focus?

We’ve compiled a list of our three favourites but the key thing to remember is to look at it as a holistic approach. Tailor your approach to what suits them the best.

Encourage Outdoor Activities

Not only will encouraging your little one to partake in sport encourage additional exercise, but it may also be a fantastic way to support them to focus on a single task.

An outlet that doesn’t involve anyone from school may also help, giving them the chance to broaden their experiences socially. Check out your local sports clubs and try team sports like hockey or soccer. Test out the Scout and Brownie troops or even photography courses to see what your child prefers.

Take an Individual Approach

Every child is different. So, it makes sense that their learning preferences are different too.

If your child loses interest in a task while sitting at a desk, try spending homework time on a bean bag. If they focus better after some downtime between school and homework, try rejigging their schedule.

Remember, everyone learns at their own rate. Let your child know that you understand that school can be difficult and offer to help them navigate what strategies work best for them.

Nutrition

Ensuring that your little one consumes a balanced and varied diet is important for supporting their healthy growth and development. But, did you know it may help to support their focus and concentration levels?

As someone who prepares and cooks their food, you have the opportunity to fill their diet with a range of essential nutrients.

Try incorporating fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy products or their alternatives to support their intake of vitamins and minerals.

Encourage your little one to eat breakfast. A good night’s sleep followed by a healthy meal in the morning may help them to concentrate at school (1).

While you’re at it, it’s also important to ensure your child is sufficiently hydrated – plain tap water will do!

Take these tips into consideration and you may help to support your child’s focus this school year. If possible, try implementing these practices during the holidays so the routine is familiar when the school term begins.

References

  1. BetterHealth. n.d. Eating Tips For School Children. [online] Available at: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/eating-tips-for-school-children [Accessed 16 March 2020].

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