| Wake Up to Breakfast!|
Let’s say you do everything you can to help your child be successful in school: you buy the books, pens, paper, new clothes, shoes, volunteer in the classroom, and you supervise the homework. Haven’t you forgotten something? What about nice, healthful, fulfilling breakfasts each morning?
Research has shown that children who eat breakfast every morning test higher academically then children who don’t. According to the September 1998 Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, math scores, especially, have been seen to be higher if breakfast is eaten. Your children should not only have breakfast before important tests, but each and every day, to ensure their high performance.
Studies have shown that kids who eat breakfast also:
Show a positive attitude
Tend to be more confident
Are sick or absent less
Misbehave less often
Children who come to school ready to learn, focus their attention better.
What parents can do:
To make sure that your child is well prepared everyday, you should:
Eat breakfast yourself, and not just a cup of coffee as you dash out the door. Take the time to sit down and eat with your kids. You’ll feel better, too!
Include cereal or other whole grains. Cheerios is an excellent source of whole-grains. Make sure that it does say “whole” grain, like whole-wheat toast, whole-grain bagels, or made with whole oats.
Drink low-fat milk or yogurt as a source of protein.
Always include fruit in the breakfast meal. This can either be as a fresh fruit, or a glass of 100% pure juice beverage. Slice up a banana and top it to your cereal, add fresh fruit to plain yogurt, or top your pancakes with fresh berries.
Make a fresh, quick smoothie. Blend a low-fat yogurt with fruit, and you can have a liquid breakfast in less than a minute!
Remember, you are the parent. Be a good influence to your kids, and practice what you preach!