How can I help my child do better in school?
Have you ever heard that old expression, "you are what you eat"? Turns out there is something to that. You can actually do a lot to help your child in school just by simply providing the right kind of foods and drinks. Breakfast really is important. I have a link to an article that talks about the details here:
In a nutshell, your child will do better in school with breakfast. However, to get even more out of breakfast choose from foods that are not over processed and contain some protein. Oatmeal can be sweetened and is much better than high sugar cereals. Brains need to be fed in the morning after their long fast and protein is the best brain food going. You can find it in all sorts of healthy breakfast foods. For the parents that have more morning time, an egg is a great choice. By the way, organic eggs have only 1/3 the cholesterol than the mass produced eggs. Your child needs 19g of protein per day now and that increases to 34g of protein to meet the needs of a 9 year old growing body. Milk has a good bang for the protein buck at 8g per cup, but you need to limit the milk to 3 cups per day. Yogurt is also a great source of protein and a good choice for busy parents. Here is a great article about protein:
What about the rest of the day? Lunch? Dinner? Turns out our government has once again revised the Food Pyramid and has changed it into My Plate. It doesn't radically revise what healthy parents have been talking about forever, but it does look pretty. The link below gives specific diet recommendations based on a person's age, weight and height.
Exercise for at least an hour a day
Young bodies need to work on endurance, strength and flexibility for good health. Pediatricians recommend at least one hour of physical exercise everyday. Children need more than recess in school to stay physically fit. Encourage your child to get out and play! Exercise is good, healthy fun! Children that get regular exercise are not only keeping their bodies in shape, but their mind as well. Read the article for more specifics:
Limit screen time to only 2 hours a day
Have you ever counted the hours of screen time your child has in a day? Did you know that the combined time from TV, computers, hand held video games, iPads, iPod touches, and smart phones should only be 2 hours per day? We live in a world of technology, but we need to teach our children that life is far more than electronics. Read the article below to see what the National Research Center for Women and Families has to say.