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How to Help Your Child Focus at School

By Virginia Laird

Many children struggle to stay focused while at school. However, research suggests it is possible for students to do so. Healthcare professionals advise that some of the unfocused behavior may be driven by a lack of structure outside of school. These experts have put together a list of things you can do to help encourage structure and focus, including:

  • Make sure your child gets enough sleep
  • Never let your student skip breakfast
  • Go for an evening walk together
  • Encourage a hobby

Make Sure Your Child Gets Enough Sleep

For those who want to help their children become more successful and stay focused while at school, it is necessary to help them get plenty of sleep. This may come in the form of an established bedtime. It is advised that most children should get 8-10 hours of sleep each night. If you are uncertain about how many hours of sleep your children should get, you may want to check the CDC's sleep chart.

Never Let Your Student Skip Breakfast

Research suggests that students who eat a healthy breakfast each morning can be more successful at school. A healthy breakfast should include a lean protein, fruit, and healthy carbs. Health and wellness experts advise that those who eat breakfast are better prepared to learn and retain the knowledge throughout the day.

Go for an Evening Walk Together

Exercising can be a part of remaining successful at school. Health and wellness experts advise that taking an evening walk with your children can help them get the exercise needed to help declutter the mind. Another benefit of going for a walk is that it allows time for the lines of communication to be opened between you and your child.

Encourage a Hobby

Although it can be tempting to have your student spend extra time hitting the books, research suggests that time spent in a hobby can help relax your student. Focusing on a hobby during free time can reduce stress, which can lead to a more successful student. If your children already have hobbies, encouraging them to pursue them deeper can be great. For those who do not yet have one, now is a great time to begin introducing a variety of them. However, it is imperative that you allow your student the freedom to participate in a hobby he or she loves.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Savannah, Ga.

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