The progress of technology has brought us closer to each other and made every type of information available through the touch of our hands. We can even talk, see, or interact with people thousands of miles away. This has provided tremendous benefits to humans, and we now live in a world where progression is faster, smoother, and more persistent than ever before.
Parents try their best to fulfill their children’s needs, and buy them what they need to progress in their studies and in their lives. However, with the exposure to technology, social media, and controlling things without having to move, certain traits have started developing in the younger generation which is not beneficial. Many children today are hyperactive, used to getting what they want, are less agile and have shorter attention spans than their predecessors.
As a parent, it is our job to implement rules that will develop our kids’ concentration, and improve their attention spans. Here are four ways to do this:
1. Time Away From Gadgets
Since we are always connected with each other through devices, we get minimal chances of personal interaction in real life. Set some hours where your family is not allowed to have screen time. Make some time for listening to each other and playing.
2. Listen and Concentrate
The more your kids talk to you, the better you can nurture them speaking and you hearing their opinions. This will raise their confidence level in being able to speak in public and enjoy talking to an audience. It also helps improve their concentration and gain your attention. Emphasize to them the importance of listening to others this way, and also have them grab other people’s interest.
Whether you or your kids do the reading, books teach patience and concentration on one thing at a time. It can also be a fun, pleasurable experience, calming and relaxing their minds, as opposed to fast-paced movies and video games that leave little to the imagination.
4. Outdoor Activities and Games
Yoga can be one of the best exercises to build your patience level and reach a calm state of mind, but for little kids, exploring nature through outdoor activities can accomplish the same. Learning new stuff and redoing the old activities increases children’s concentration and attention span. You can also set a goal for them to achieve by giving them a time limit to accomplish a certain task in a designated amount of time. Cycling, rock climbing, baseball, football, hiking, and camping are all activities and games that can let kids play with limited distractions.
Every child is born with a different personality, and it is the parents’ job to encourage their children’s good features while discourage the harmful. Your kids may not understand why these guidelines are necessary, but show them that if they put down their devices, there are many other things that can be fun and beneficial! Bring your own flair to these ideas to capture your children’s interest, and encourage them to focus, and improve their concentration and attention spans.
Brooke Whistance is a passionate health and lifestyle blogger who loves to write about prevailing trends. She is a featured author at various authoritative blogs in the health and fitness industry and currently, she is associated as a blogger for Centra Care Pediatrics, Florida Hospital for Children’s Urgent Care Centre. You can follow her on Twitter for more!