About a week ago, I went to dinner with two dear friends and a few of their children. I’ve known their kids that range in age from six to twelve since they were born. Each one is smart, enthusiastic and curious. They all do well in school whether it is sixth grade or preschool.
A key contributing factor to their academic and educational success is their supportive home environment and the endless patience of their parents.
But as new research suggests, eating breakfast also contributes to learning. The children of my buddies are lucky to have parents who wake up with them every morning and provide a substantial meal to start their day.
Not every child is so fortunate. This current investigation cites the importance of government meal programs to supply healthy breakfasts to kids who are not well-off enough to be able to obtain the proper nutrition at home.
Once again the connection between good nutrition and good grades is reinforced by scientific data.
In fact, students who attend schools that participate in their state’s School Breakfast Programs (SBP) have higher achievement scores in math, science and reading than students in schools that don’t participate.
The scores in these subjects were approximately 25% higher when kids had access to a wholesome first meal of the day.
If you are a parent, grandparent or guardian of a school aged child, this study provides further documented evidence that breakfast helps achieve more in school and actually helps kids be better prepared in later life.
Schools, especially public schools, begin classes very early, sometimes before sunrise. It is tempting to press the “snooze” button on the alarm clock and toss a high sugar treat in your kids’ hand as you rush out the door.
Instead, plan ahead. It doesn’t have to be complicated.
Save the pancakes and waffles for the weekend. As an alternative, purchase a couple of choices of healthy cereals that your kids will eat.
Waking up just five or ten minutes early to allow time to enjoy a simple morning meal in a calm environment will do wonders for your child’s attitude, attention span and success in school. And as an added benefit, it will help reduce your morning stress as well.
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