We live in an Age of Information Explosion and Multi-tasking, a time in history that has somewhat affected our Children’s Attention Span. Here are some tips that I gained from reading books on Focussed-Learning to develop attentive children:
1) Mothers have to spend quality time with their children to develop a listening culture. Simple conversations, playing word games etc would help in this regard. The best thing a mother can do her child is to teach him/her to converse and communicate well and to look at each other in the eye when they speak. Like it or not, we listen more to our mothers than fathers. We develop attentiveness through their loving touch and empathy in listening to our needs.
2) Less dependence on Technology everyday and more time dedicated to the reading of books. Pictures and sounds along with games can be good. But more often than not, these high-tech gadgets can have adverse affects on attention span. A child may seem to pick things fast through smart technologies but try talking to him/her at without those tools. You will see that he/she will find it hard to follow what you are saying. Alternatively, try recalling three of your best friends’ phone numbers to know what is happening to you and your child who are now dependent on technology.
3) Turn the Home into a Library. Invest lots on books and less on decorative items as well as unnecessary entertainment . The child will learn to see the books as staple for themselves and books as their companions in times of loneliness. They will start by browsing pages then slowly reading through them until the books and sitting for extended lengths of time become part of their habit. A child who reads will naturally be attentive. A child who loves books will become Great someday.
[stay tune to Part 2]