Did you know that following a healthy lifestyle can help your children to become better learners?
This is why it is so important for parents to encourage children to eat nutritious foods, get plenty of sleep and take part in more physical activity.
Eat a nutritious breakfast
It can be easy to skip breakfast when you are rushing around in the morning; however skipping breakfast can affect your child’s concentration and energy levels at school. Make breakfast an important part of your family’s routine and start each day with a healthy breakfast. You and your child will both feel the benefits, mentally and physically. To get the most out of your child’s breakfast, try to choose foods that are rich in fibre and protein to give their body all the energy it needs. You should also include omega-3 to help boost their brain power!
Regular exercise will not only help your child to maintain a healthy weight and fight off diseases, but research suggests that children who are physically fit perform better at school. Try to be a good role model for your child and demonstrate a healthy lifestyle of your own. Make healthy choices including a healthy diet and regular exercise. Walk to school instead of driving and introduce regular exercise into your child’s weekly schedule, such as swimming or football clubs.
Drink plenty of water
Water is not only essential to your child’s health, but it is also an important factor when it comes to learning. Even the mildest form of dehydration can affect your child’s cognitive performance and behaviour. Encourage your child to stay hydrated at school, by giving them their own refillable water bottle. If your child prefers a sweeter drink, you could try adding sliced fruit to their water to improve the flavour.
Get enough sleep
Your child may think that staying up late to revise before exams will increase their chances of success; however it is more likely to hinder their results. Sleep improves your memory and aids your concentration levels. During sleep your brain absorbs the information you have learnt during the day, so the more sleep you get the longer your brain has to process all this information. Encourage your children to go to bed at a sensible time each night to boost their academic performance.