They listen well. They can wait their turn and complete tasks.

How long should your child’s attention span be? Experts say about three to five minutes per year of his age. Two-year-olds should be able to concentrate on a task for at least six minutes. By kindergarten, they should be able to focus for at least 15 minutes—although 25 minutes would be ideal.

To increase your child’s attention span:

  • Encourage your child to play with one toy at a time.
  • Provide for some quiet time. Turn off the TV and radio to encourage thinking and listening.
  • Praise your child when he plays independently.
  • Don’t let your child interrupt your conversations.
  • Read to your child every day. Focus first on picture books. Then gradually expand his listening skills with stories.
  • Stick to a routine. Have a regular time for naps, meals and bedtime.

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