Is attentive bad

Concentration: How long should children be able to sit still?

"In the course of life, we first have to practice drawing our attention to a certain thing at a certain point in time," says Magdeburg neurobiologist Prof. Dr. Anna Katharina Braun. For some children this is easier than others for genetic reasons. But basically the process is the same for all the little ones. Certain nerve cells first have to interconnect and neural pathways for behavior have to be laid. The nice thing about it: the brain wants to learn. In fact, it's really addicting. "Every success in learning leads to feelings of happiness through the release of endogenous hormones. The child's brain is always on the lookout for a kick," explains neurobiologist Braun.

Concentration needs interest

To awaken the fun of learning is above all the task of the parents - and not difficult at all. It works best with joint activities. This is how children get an important lesson between the lines: Discipline and attention lead to good results. When baking together, you learn this, for example: One work step after the other leads to the dough. Then you have to wait until the cake is baked. But it tastes delicious. If you feel how nice it is to be enthusiastic about a common cause while playing football with dad, you will also be prepared to adhere to the rules in other situations and to suppress impulses once in a while.