As parents we hear breakfast is an important meal, yet many kids aren’t eating it.
Research shows that kids who eat breakfast have:
- Improved concentration
- Better memory
- Longer attention spans
- Better grades
Unfortunately, studies also show that as kids grow older, skipping breakfast gets worse. One survey in 2011 showed 33% of elementary age children report skipping breakfast. By the time they get to high school, the estimates are as high as 64% of students are skipping breakfast! This is really bad news because as academics get more difficult – requiring more focus, attention and memory – teens are putting themselves at a disadvantage by skipping breakfast.
Why do kids skip breakfast?
- Mornings are rushed…they choose to sleep a little longer
- “I’m not hungry”
- Food insecurity
- Long bus rides …can’t eat on the bus
- Weight loss strategy…research shows this is false!
By insisting that your child eats breakfast, you’re setting them up for academic success!
For quick, healthy breakfast ideas check the archives.
You can also find many tips and strategies contributed by over 400 Nutrition Experts in my book, 400 Moms…Discover What 400 Nutrition Experts Feed Their Kids.