Eat breakfast every morning
Approximately 8 to 12 percent of all school-aged children skip breakfast, and by the time they enter adolescence, as many as 20 to 30 percent of them have completely given up the morning meal, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. However, the benefits to children of eating breakfast are overwhelming. Eating a full and balanced breakfast can prevent weight gain and help them build stronger bones and a healthier immune system. Children who eat breakfast have higher energy levels and function and concentrate better in school.
Although a typical school morning may be a rush against time to get out the door, there are a few ways to make morning meals happen, according to eatright.org:
Ask your kids what they’d like to eat in the morning and plan for it.
Use a checklist to plan and put together a variety of healthy breakfasts so they’re not eating the same thing every morning.
Put breakfast fixings in easy-to-grab place so they can help themselves.
Eat breakfast yourself and make sure your kids see that you do.