It’s the meal that everyone seems to brush aside when running late; that’s always skipped when on a diet; that never seems to be ranked very high on the list of priorities; it’s breakfast.

And although it may seem to lack importance when compared to lunch or dinner, making sure a child eats properly before heading off to school could be more critical then most parents would think.

How does eating breakfast benefit my child?

Skipping out on a morning meal means missing out on nutrition that your child may not otherwise get throughout the day. According to the American Dietetic Association, children who eat a healthy breakfast are more likely to:

– Concentrate better
– Have better problem solving skills
– Have better hand-eye coordination
– Be more alert
– Be more creative
– Miss fewer days of school
– Be more physically active

Are your kids missing an important ingredient for success?

Every parent wants their child be successful in school but many fail to set the guidelines necessary for that to be possible. Fortunately, seeing improvement in your child’s grades and participation may be as simple as implementing a nutritional breakfast into their daily routine.

An experiment conducted by Blinn College reveals the impact that eating breakfast has on students test grades. This experiment was conducted on a group of 1259 students and clearly shows that those who ate breakfast received considerably better grades.

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Is your school offering breakfast? Be an advocate.

As the importance of breakfast continues to gain public awareness, schools across the nation are not only taking notice, they’re taking action. Many are now participating in breakfast programs which offer affordable, nutritional, and even on-the-go options for morning meals. These programs are crucial for encouraging daily breakfast consumption and ultimately improving overall classroom performance.

Check to see if your child’s school offers a breakfast program. If they don’t, be an advocate by explaining the impact that breakfast has on student performance. This article provides information that may helpful when discussing a breakfast program with your child’s school.

About the Author

Dr. Katalenas

Dr. Katalenas is a pediatrician and owner of The Pediatric Center of Round Rock and the author of the book "The Step Up Diet: From Scratch… The Quality, Quantity, and Timing Solution to Childhood Obesity", a guide to healthy cooking and eating for busy families.