Kids and Breakfast
Everyone should eat breakfast to keep the body fueled up. It's especially important that kids eat breakfast. Children and teenagers are growing so if they skip the most important meal of the day this can cause real problems. Unfortunately studies show that more than one third of all kids in America are skipping breakfast. If kids skip breakfast it can harm their growth and development. These kids have a greater chance of getting lower grades in school, having learning and behavioral problems, and developing nutritional deficiencies such as calcium and protein deficiencies. Children who are regular breakfast skippers are more likely to have problems with obesity and even tooth decay.
What can we as parents do to help our kids start the day right?
The first step parents can take is to be a good example and eat breakfast themselves. Kids usually follow the lead of parents. Living a busy lifestyles makes it easy for parents and kids to skip breakfast. You've got to make the effort each morning and start your day right by eating breakfast.
Second, don't feel you have to make elaborate breakfast food. Stick to the basics and serve simple foods that are nutritious and quick and easy to eat in the morning. You can make homemade pancakes with bacon and eggs on the weekends, but keep it simple during the week days. I'm a big fan of cereal, but if you have a hard time getting your child to eat cereal, then get creative and make eating breakfast fun....
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