The Powerful Word of the month for October is “focus.”
Focus is such an important skill given that there seems to be so many things that compete for our attention these days. Our families, our jobs, the internet, friends, and a whole host of advertisements and media. How can we focus? Focusing on “wanted information” and ignoring distractions takes effort but is crucial to our success.
Children are naturally curious. They react to the sounds, sights, and stimulation around them. Of course, that makes it challenging to concentrate on only one thing! We must encourage our children to peel away the noise so they can be more targeted in their listening, watching, and understanding of what’s around them. This takes both practice and skill.
Dr. Robyn Silverman, the creator of Powerful Words, was interviewed for The Today Show on children’s television programming and it’s effect on executive functioning. Executive functioning is the collective term for the process of being able to focus, pay attention, make a plan, and actually carry out that plan until the goal of that activity is reached. Research tells us that fast-paced children’s programming may have a detrimental effect on executive functioning. While the exact effect is still disputed, it’s best to limit TV in amount as well as with regard to type of programming.
On the flip side, studies tell us that there are ways to bolster our children’s ability to focus. One such way is to allow time to relax and play. In fact, “down time” like regular recess, fitness or nature time can positively influence behavior, concentration and even grades.
What helps your children to focus? What helps you? The more you share your helpful hints with your children, the more prepared they will be when they need to concentrate and block our distractions at home, at school or here in class!
We thank you for your support. You are pivotal in helping to make our school one of the best personal development centers in the world.
Here’s to your success!