What’s Nutrition got to do with Learning?

As mom prepared to get Judy out of the house to wait for the school bus, she chimed, “Breakfast is ready.” The usual response echoed down the hall, “I’m not hungry! You know I’m not a breakfast kid.” After a while, most mothers who experience this same challenge, give up encouraging their school-age children to eat their breakfasts before school. Learning is not factored into that situation at all.

I found this interesting video created by News 9 in Oklahoma in which the news anchor, Jennifer Pierce, talks to Dr. Steve Sternlof  about the link between school nutrition and academic performance.

He made some important points. Do you eat breakfast at home and provide a good example for your children? It is so easy for us to adopt the attitude of “do as I say, but not as I do,” without thinking about its affects on our children’s habits and ultimately, their learning.

Children learn through play and when they are having fun. I like the suggestion to make healthy lifestyle changes fun and part of the family’s daily routines. And also when it comes to getting involved with your child’s school, moving beyond the curriculum and finding out what else is going on that will impact his/her learning.

Questions: What’s your breakfast or nutrition challenge with your children? In what ways are you involved in your child’s school? Leave a comment below and let us know.

Florence is the mother of an amazing teenager; an educational consultant, author, speaker, speech-language pathologist, encourager and perpetual optimist. She shares tips, tools and resources with mothers (and other caregivers) of struggling and/or failing children. She is fiercely committed to helping them develop and enhance their children's foundational skills for learning, to grow them to success in school and life. A believer in the unique learning abilities of all children, she is an advocate for those who learn differently.

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