Hi Moms, I have a 7 year old son. My husband and I are having the hardest time keeoping focus on school work. We rewarding him when he follows thru and sometimes discipline. Does any one have any suggestions? Thank you.

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I am having the same problem with my 7 year old son. He is very hard to motivate and is the master of stalling and self-distraction. We found out this year that some of this is due to a problem he is having that makes some types of work hard for him to do. He avoids things that are difficult or unpleasant as we all do. I encourage you to sit down and watch him while he is working and see if there are specific types of work that he avoids more than others. For mine it was writting asignments and now reading, too. You can even ask his teacher what he/she notices your child being especially reluctant to do. After some research, I believe my son has dyslexia and am trying to help him with strategies aimed at that. You can also pay attention to schedule, sleep, and diet to help him out also. It is really hard to get a tired, cranky kid to do work of any kind. My son is so done when he gets home from school that getting him to do any school work is like pulling teeth. See if your kid is more receptive at a certain time of day or week. I  also give mine a good multivitamin/mineral and omega 3 suppliment and make sure he gets to bed by 8:00 so I know he is getting what his body needs. Good luck, I know how frustrating it can be.

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Quoting Krista:

Hi.......we have the same challenge with our 4 year old. I know he is younger, but I can sympathize with the frustration. I'm still not really sure how to help him cope but his teacher recommended giving him Omega 3. Research has shown it help kids with ADD and ADHD ( which our son does not have). I tried giving him the chewable capsules, but had no luck finding something he likes (quite fishing tasting) so I have increased it through diet. ie., yogurt, granola bars, crackers, pasta, etc. His focus has improved, although I'm not sure if it is from change in diet or an age thing. Hope things improve!


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Maureen - posted on 02/08/2009

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i had the same problem with my son so i took him to the doc. and i was told he is adhd and with the meds he is great his grades have gone up and he even says i can think right so don't be afraid of putting him on meds like i was when a six year old says mommy it makes a difference u know its not that bad..

Jennifer - posted on 02/05/2009

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Something must happen at this age. It is a monday night battle for us to get my son to do his math and stay focused on it. His lack of focus is due to stalling and lack of interest. I am going to school for education and realizing how important motivation is. My son is in the gifted program so I know he is smart enough. With my son, it comes to applying it. He has to see it in the real world. We see benefits with sitting with him and discussing how it applies to real world. He loves money so we apply his math problems to money and have him make them into money problems. I also tell him I will pay him a quarter for every correct answer he gets on his power drill but he has to tell me how much. If he goes under, that is all he gets. If he goes over, I deduct and if he wants the difference, he has to tell me where he went wrong. This motivates hime to do math beyond his grade level which he is completely able to do if he applies himself. He also just got his own computer and his teacher told him he could type them up and email them to her which makes heim feel totally cool. He gets them done in a quarter of them time. If he is having non math (that is hard to type) work that you check, I would highly recommend letting him type it up and email it to you. If it is something he needs to then turn in, see if he can turn it in typed. or, better, email it. This teaches them the much needed technology lesson they need also. It is the day we live in

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I also have a 7 yr old son (Connor) who was going through the exact thing yours is. Not able to stay focused, was fidgity(sp) and is very easily distracted. We just went through some testing at his school and with his Dr who have both come to the ADHD Dx. His pediatrician specializes in ADD/ADHD and is in charge of a program at our local hospital. He put him on a newer medication called Focalin XR 5mg. He just started it a week ago and we have not seen any improvments yet but were told it could take up to a month to see any changes. Since he is at the lowest dose, we will have him re-evaluated monthly to see if it needs to be increased. He is a good child in school with no behavioral problems, which makes me at ease cuz he is a quite mello-dramatic when he is at home. We are very hopeful this medication will work and with the help of the school and his Dr., I feel we are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.

Good luck and I will keep you all posted on his progress!!

Fadia - posted on 02/05/2009

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Does Omega 3 really helps in making concentration better! My 9 yr old has become so absent minded that if i ask him to get his socks from the drawers he goes & brings out the underwear! If Omega 3 works for some i may want to start giving him right away!

Krista - posted on 02/05/2009

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Hi.......we have the same challenge with our 4 year old. I know he is younger, but I can sympathize with the frustration. I'm still not really sure how to help him cope but his teacher recommended giving him Omega 3. Research has shown it help kids with ADD and ADHD ( which our son does not have). I tried giving him the chewable capsules, but had no luck finding something he likes (quite fishing tasting) so I have increased it through diet. ie., yogurt, granola bars, crackers, pasta, etc. His focus has improved, although I'm not sure if it is from change in diet or an age thing. Hope things improve!

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