Breakfast is an important meal for everybody, but especially for children. Their bodies work hard during the day, and if they have no fuel they will buy the nearest food to sustain them through those lessons. Children will encounter far less problems in school when they eat breakfast and research has shown that school results improve when a child has the right diet.
Too often breakfast is missed because so many other jobs need to be completed before the day starts. With organisation and rules you can see there is enough time to get everything done and breakfast eaten.
Some of the rules might not be popular with your children as you try to change the habits they have become used to. But you will need to talk with them and say this is an investment in their health.
Encourage them to finish their homework in the evening and get their school bags packed. That way you will know in the evening if anything is missing. Give them a few extra minutes on the computer or watching television once they have completed the tasks.
Get their clothes sorted the night before, check nothing is missing and that any activities which need special clothing are also available.
Plan on what you are giving the children for breakfast. It might be something simple like some cereal and a glass of fruit juice. Choose cereal which is not loaded with sugar. Have some fruit on hand which they could eat on the way to school or in the car. If you child likes yoghurt, instead of buying fruit yoghurt, buy natural yoghurt and add your own fresh fruit to it.
Most breakfasts take less than 5 minutes to prepare. It doesn’t have to be a complicated meal, just a healthy meal. Your children need to eat breakfast and if you have never eaten breakfast before you need to decide to start today. Remember that breakfast is an important meal if you want your children to grow up healthy.