Concentration

19th February 2010 4 Comments


I am constantly amazed by the different levels of concentration children seem to display. For example, my children will colour in pictures for all of about 3 minutes. However, they will happily watch films for hours on end. They will sit and do a jigsaw puzzle until there is about 3 pieces left until completion, then they will wander off. They will re-enact complicated scenarios (usually battle ones) time and time again, but they won’t do the Waybaloo yoga for more than a few minutes. At the childminders, Fifi will wander around with a pushchair for ages and ages, at home it’s a dash across the living room then a play with the WotWot toys, then a dash across the living room. Fine, that is children.

However, since I had them my concentration is slowly vanishing, I’m doing 7 things at once and forgetting about the first. Last night, I managed to start knitting a jumper, sewed a handbag for Fifi and half loaded the dishwasher. I used to be able to concentrate on writing an academic paper or gardening or sewing one thing for hours on end. I never thought that children would have such an impact on me!

Claire Walsh

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  • Brit in Bosnia / Fraught Mummy 19th February 2010 at 10:59 am

    So true. So true. I have great gaps in my brain where useful things used to happen. Sigh.

  • TheMadHouse 19th February 2010 at 11:31 am

    ha ha, I feel your pain. How is the sewing going?

  • Heather 19th February 2010 at 7:34 pm

    oh yes, i know where you are coming form there.

  • littledude's mummy 20th February 2010 at 2:41 pm

    That sounds familiar- right up there with walking into another room & having absolutely no idea why. Nightmare.

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