Eat Breakfast Before School

March 31, 2008 at 5:38 am 2 comments

All the fuss about breakfast has a point. Morning food is Brain Fuel.

While there are certainly better choices, anything is preferable to nothing.Breakfast is important enough that it should be considered non-negotiable. The discussion should be about “What Will You Have” rather than “Will You Eat?” Since there’s sufficient research to link academic achievement to the morning meal, it behooves parents to make certain that your child’s brain is fueled to manage a school day. While there are certainly better choices, anything is better than nothing.It can be as simple as a glass of milk and a banana to a toasted whole grain English Muffin with peanut butter and a glass of calcium-fortified orange juice.

Establish A Breakfast Before School Rule On Day One

Remember that you must set the rules. In this case, something must be eaten before leaving for school. If you, the parent, establish this expectation from the very first day of preschool, than the discussion can focus on what is eaten.

This is likely to get harder with tweens and teens who would rather sleep and others who complain that they’re not hungry. Sticking to the rule and finding strategies that work for you may become a bigger challenge but the bottom line remains the same. Eat before school….So What’s it going to be?!   Jump Start the Day with Breakfast


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jodi Godfrey, MS, RD  |  April 21, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Your child may give you some trouble (that’s their job), but it’s your job as the parent to both role model and set limits. Since the data is so clear that child who eat breakfast perform better at school and have less discipline issues, it is important for you to find something that your child will eat before school, even if it’s only a banana or a glass of milk. Teach your child good eating habits and you will be rewarded.

  • 2. tonya  |  December 16, 2009 at 8:20 am

    if they dont want to eat just let em’ be theyre gonna think your a bad parent:(

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