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How to Start Your Child’s Day off Right

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Things have changed a lot since the time of Leave It To Beaver. Most families don’t sit down to a home cooked meal for breakfast each day. Although it may seem like a small change, you’d be amazed at what the research shows a good meal (among other morning routines) can do for your child’s education and brain power.

Here’s a quick check list to find out how you could help improve your child’s morning routine:

  1. Does your child wake up rested? The only way to ensure your child gets a good night’s sleep and will have the energy to be bright eyed and bushy tailed in the morning is if they get enough sleep. There are many studies showing a certain amount of time each child should get in a night, but you can also just observe your children. If your children are grouchy and hard to wake up, it’s a sign they need more rest at night – move their bedtime to an earlier hour.
  2. Does your home feel like chaos in the morning? Just like chaos makes you feel anxious and uneasy, it does the same to your children. Make a schedule where everyone wakes up early enough to get everything done in the morning without being rushed to get out the door.
  3. Is your child eating a healthy meal in the morning? Pop Tarts and sugar filled cereal do not count as healthy meals. Your child should be getting lean protein, fruit and vegetables first thing each day. Spend some time on the weekend experimenting to find an easy “go-to” weekday meal. One of our favorites is an egg sandwich which takes about 3 minutes to prepare when you’re in a hurry.
  4. Does your child have everything they need at school each day? Everyday in my classroom I have students tell me “they left something at home” that morning. A few extra moments taken in the morning to stop and confirm that all necessary items are in their backpacks will go a long way in helping set them up for success at school.
  5. Has your child packed a healthy snack & lunch for their day? Don’t settle for pizza and french fries at your child’s school. Your child should take part in creating a nutritious meal for themselves each day. Teaching these standards of nutrition when they are children helps ensure they’ll continue these behaviors into adulthood.
  6. Does your child have a full bottle of water when they leave your house? Students shouldn’t be drinking juice, pop or energy drinks full of sugar – they’re guaranteed to make them hit a “sugar low” during school. By allowing your child to drink those items you’re literally setting them up for failure. Instead send your child to school with a refillable water bottle each day. (If their school doesn’t allow them to be carried throughout the building encourage your child to take a drink between each class when they visit their locker.)

Looking for more tips and tricks to start your child’s day off right? Check out our Pinterest board called “Start Your Day Off Right.”

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