Concentration and Children

Concentration involves the abilities to focus, screen out distractions, delay gratification, and regulate impulses and emotional responses.

When the mind is focused, our energy is not dissipated onto irrelevant thoughts, but focused, clear and direct. This skill is essential for success. Without it, our efforts are scattered.

Concentration assists us in study and understanding - improves our memory, and helps us focus on the task, activity or goal, so that we become more efficient. We can gain mastery over our worries and thoughts and therefore become more emotionally resilient.

In today's busy lifestyle, with the prospect an of organized activity to enhance every waking moment, children would appear to have every opportunity for developing increased concentration.

However, the opposite is often true. Instead of deeper concentration and attention spans, our children's minds leap in short, focused bursts from one activity to the next as parents listen to the common catch cry - this child needs more stimulation!

increase concentration Yes, stimulation is absolutely necessary, but so is calm, relaxed, un-pressured clear space to play, largely unobserved and unmeasured.

When children trust that they have plenty of time, they relax and let go into their free play, and completely exist in that moment of time. The past and future fall away as they concentrate in the relaxed free flow of the present.

Ever called to your children when they were absorbed in play and watched them pay no attention to you at all?

They often really do not hear you - all their concentration is going into their current focus, absorbed as they experience really being in the present moment.

This amount of relaxed concentration is what exponents of meditation often take many years and much practice to learn.

Help your children to retain and to develop this valuable skill.

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