You can only imagine some of the cute/funny things I’ve seen over the years of doing morning arrival duty. I won’t ever forget the time I went to lift one of our K-5 students out of her very tall SUV and noticed that she had forgotten to put on her uniform bottoms. Everything else was in place — braided hair with purple ribbons, shoes, socks, uniform top…oops! One thing wasn’t checked off the list that day!
Every parent can probably relate to the “hustle and bustle” of school mornings when we are trying to get our children out the door properly clothed, groomed, and on time. We know how frantic some of those mornings can seem as we are making sure that book bags, supplies, lunches, and the correct number of children (if there are multiple) actually make it into the car! No wonder it’s a challenge to throw in one more thing — a healthy/nutritious breakfast. We have heard for years that the most important meal of the day is breakfast. Many of us may consider that an exaggeration. However, with the latest brain research and studies, it has been proven that the first meal of the day can provide the fuel for academic focus and sustained energy.
A Healthy Breakfast is Important Every Day — not just on ITBS testing days. In my conversations with our students during these past two weeks, I was taken aback by so many that said that they had a good breakfast for ITBS, as if it was the first time in a long time that they had. As we got deeper into the conversation, I found that some students are reporting to have sugary sweets or not eat their breakfast at all on some days. We all know that it’s important that our students are well fed and rested for “testing” days so that they have the “fuel” to think. But, don’t they need the “fuel” to think every day?
When my children were young, I was Head of a school which was located 40 minutes away from our home. I knew the importance of a good nutritious breakfast, but I was not a miracle worker. I have memories (okay, “nightmares”) of running from room to room to make sure that we were all in one piece and ready to go. Needless to say, a breakfast of scrambled eggs, fruit, and wheat toast was sometimes not possible. After realizing the impact that a less healthy breakfast “on the run” had on my son and his ability to concentrate or even be still in class, I challenged myself to come up with creative ways of meeting this requirement. Even though sometimes these were served a la carte in the Moon vehicle, they worked! Peanut butter on wheat toast with cut up bananas, protein smoothies, and other healthier foods that were less time consuming to make or easier to eat on the run became my children’s breakfast foods.
School day/workday mornings can be hectic and even stressful. Serving healthy and well balanced breakfasts can add to this “fun!” However, they are important because the benefits of a nutritious breakfast are many. The impact a good breakfast can have on your child’s learning and productive school day is huge. As we work to make our lives less busy and stressful, I urge you to come up with simple ways to create a fun and easy breakfast that will start your child on the right path each morning.
Park Maitland mom, Samantha O’Lenick of Florida Hospital shared a wonderful article about the importance of breakfast. Click on the link to be taken to the article by Mark Hertling, member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition in the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-hertling/breakfast-impacts-future_b_7042310.html.
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