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Every Day Tips for a Happy, Healthy Child

Back to school means switching back to the school-day routine. It also means helping your child be the best student he or she can be. With a few simple tips, you can make sure your child starts off - and keeps on - the right foot!

A Mental Jumpstart

Breakfast isn't a meal you want to skip. Having a healthy meal to start your day seems to improve concentration and problem-solving skills. Eating a balanced breakfast can sharpen a child's memory and improve school test scores.

Children also need help making healthy food choices beyond breakfast. Try these simple choices:

  • Toast up a whole-grain waffle or a slice of whole-wheat bread. Toss some fresh blueberries or strawberries on top of your waffle, or spread some peanut butter on the toast.
  • Serve some instant oatmeal.
  • Give your child a glass of milk or calcium-fortified juice with breakfast.

Be a Positive Example

Remember that setting a good example by eating healthy foods and getting plenty of exercise is key to getting your kids to adopt healthy lifestyles. Sit down at breakfast with them. Also share a healthy snack with your kids.

Also, don't underestimate the importance of staying involved in your child's education and attending school functions. Children who have parents who are more involved with their education perform better in school, are better adjusted and are less likely to drop out.

If You Want to See Better Grades, then you may want to reorganize your child's room. Specifically, consider moving his or her TV to another location.

Most pediatricians believe that too much time spent watching TV and playing video and computer games can harm a child's academic performance. School-age kids shouldn't get more than one to two hours of screen time a day.

The following are also some ideas to help your child develop good study habits:

  • Provide a work space that is specifically for their homework. It can be in their bedroom or another part of the home the key is that the space offers privacy.
  • Give your child the necessary tools to get the job done. Provide good lighting, pencils, paper and any other supplies he or she may need.
  • Don't rush make sure your child has enough time to get his or her homework done at a reasonable hour.
  • Check-in on their computer and Internet use to ensure it's being used for their homework and not acting as a distraction.
  • Make yourself available to help them with questions. But never do your child's homework. If your child is having a hard time with homework, consider a tutor. Talk it over with your child's teacher.
  • Take steps to help alleviate eye, neck and brain fatigue while studying. Have your child close the books for a few minutes, stretch and take a break periodically when it will not be too disruptive.


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