Focus is the thinking skill that allows one to start a task without procrastination and maintain attention and effort until the task is complete. There are lots of reasons why every parent should make conscientious efforts aimed at getting their Teens energy and attention more on their academics in the midst of contending variables.
Immaturity of Teens’ prefrontal cortex:
The cortex is the part of the brain that is responsible for making plans and decisions. This part of the brain according to scientists is still not matured in Teens for such responsibilities. This is evident in their being skeptical about taking decisions or better still dwelling in the midst of confusion. A Teenager was called by his parents to prepare for a journey and guess what he did? He parked his clothes and computer game but forgot the basic travel essentials; tooth paste, tooth brush, soap and sponge. When they got to their final destination and he wanted to take a shower, he remembered his forgotten soap and sponge. In the like manner he remembered his tooth paste and brush. At the end of the day it was all blame game. Nevertheless, he remembered the games that will keep him thrilled. Teenager do not knowing what to do until trained and assisted to plan and execute plans.
Besides immaturity, Teens are easily prone to distractions. They are translating from childhood and have not finally bid goodbye to their familiar childish nature of their attention being caught by something else no matter how irrelevant such distractions might be. They are often caught by teachers in class doing something else like chatting with friends or even drawing characters of their favorite cartoons while lessons are on different occasions. While at home, some leave their homework undone and stay glued to anything that keep them entertained. Basically, there are competing variables asking for Teens’ attention. These include video games, music, Television, cell phone, internet among others. Scientists discovered that Teens are easily distracted by behaviors that were once found rewarding even though they are no longer rewarding. Texting and social networking top the list of researchers’finding. ‘Rewards despite insignificant entice Teens’ according to finding from a new study by researchers at the University of Iowa in Iowa city.
Lack of target:
Because Teens are still immature to make decisions, some of them that are unguided do not have anything propelling them. Absence of dream in their lives leave them aspiring for nothing thereby living their lives on wishes forgetting that if wishes were horses beggars would ride. They are not striving towards anything thus they are virtually focusing on nothing. This is where the vital role that parents and guardians come into play. Helping them set this target which will be a source of motivation to Teens. Setting targets for these Teens by their parents will be a driving force that aids their success. Consequently, they will learn to set it for themselves
Teenagers are noisy youngsters. Montessori school of thought is of the view that children learn in play-way manner. However there is need for discipline to ensure that plays don’t get out of hand. Besides, their playful nature is one of the ways they release excessive energy in their body. It is true that all work and no play make Jack a dull boy is a notion that should be applied with moderation so that they don’t use most of their energy for play thereby jeopardizing their focus on the main thing which is academics; their major business for the moment. Again, these adolescents on their way to adulthood have their mind on so many issues as a result of the radical changes that occur in their body. One of the characteristics of adolescents is attraction to the opposite sex. Thus you often hear boys talk about girls and girls talking about boys. This is normal and is a signal that their sex hormones are developing well but the problem is being carried away with such euphoria. This is what every parent owes their children to check their activities to ensure that their energy and attention is channeled to what matters most to them which is their studies. Some Teens might find it irritating but don’t be repelled at their complaint because their future is at stake at this point. Parents are like car pointers and any direction the pointer beams is where they will go.
If there is anything that a Teen cherishes most, it is to be in the company of his or her peers. This desire sometimes makes Teens to compromise certain things to just move with his or her pals. Peer pressure is a force that compels a Teenager to go contrary to his or her wish. There is usually the tendency to drift into what their peers are doing which is another characteristic of teenagers thus there is need to ensure that the right friendship is kept to maintain their focus.
It is therefore a wakeup call for parents to work to stabilize their Teens’ focus by aiding them in planning and decisions making, thereafter removing all sorts of distractions from them so that they can see the big picture of their tomorrow clearer. It is only then that their attention will be better focused to achieve it. A future that is not focused on is a dark and dim one.