The skill of focus is one of the most important lessons we can teach our kids as it underlies the acquisition of everything else our kids learn. Often with our busy lives we unintentionally teach our kids to be expert multi-taskers, flitting from one thing to the next, and while multi-tasking can be useful, our kids also need to be able to concentrate deeply on a task at hand.
Here are three ways to cultivate your child’s ability to focus:
Draw More. Learning to draw is a great way for our kids to develop focus and concentration. Drawing requires kids to screen out distractions, reflect on their own thinking and invent. When a child spends focused energy on a drawing and is pleased with the outcome, they will experience the tangible reward of focused attention.
Minimize Distractions. Whether it’s completing homework or taking a Thrive drawing lesson, you can help set your child up for success by limiting distractions. Choose a time that will be conducive for your child to focus- create an uncluttered work space and no extra noise or tv in the background. A peaceful environment reduces distraction and makes the task at hand more manageable.
Model It. Our kids learn by example. They see how we focus (or fail to do so) when we are working on a project. Instead of trying to do eight things at once, let your child see you focus on one thing at a time. When you are engaged in an activity with your child or reading aloud to them, remove other distractions and ask open ended questions that will expand their attention span.