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Why your child MUST eat Breakfast

DOES EATING BREAKFAST HELP YOUR PERFORMANCE IN SCHOOL?
Kids who fuel up in the morning with a breakfast high in carbohydrates and protein before heading off to school gain many benefits, both mental and physical; Evidence suggests that eating breakfast really does help kids learn. After fasting all night, a developing body (and brain) needs a fresh supply of glucose — or blood sugar. That’s the brain’s basic fuel.
These benefits not only last throughout the school day, but also can contribute to overall health and school performance over the long term. According to the Healthy Children website, about 8 to 12 percent of school-age children skip breakfast entirely, and among adolescents, this rate is even higher, reaching up to 30 percent.

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Brain Benefits
Kids who eat breakfast have better concentration during school hours than kids who skip the morning meal. Eating breakfast every day can even improve your mental performance and math scores, children who eat breakfast also participate more in class discussions, are better able to handle complex problems in class and get better grades. In particular, a breakfast meal containing a balance of protein and complex carbohydrates boosts school performance for the remainder of the day.
Physical Benefits
One major physical benefit of breakfast that can help school performance is the increase in energy that comes from a morning dose of carbs and protein. Energy provided by breakfast carbs allows children to fully participate in physical activity at school, including physical education, or P.E. classes; recess; and extracurricular activities. Kids who eat breakfast are typically in better health overall as well. They are less prone to obesity and illness, leading to fewer sick days, which can cause kids to fall behind in schoolwork.
What are the Components of a Healthy Breakfast
For a breakfast to be healthy, it should include some nutritious components. High-sugar cereals and breakfast bars are more likely to induce a blood sugar crash later in the day than they are to boost performance in class. Instead, opt for whole grains such as oatmeal, whole wheat toast or whole-grain cereals to provide carbohydrates. Eggs can provide protein. Adding vegetables or fruit, including 100 percent fruit juices, can supply vital nutrients. High-calcium foods such as milk or yogurt also boost school performance.

Parenting

Parenting is a most challenging yet rewarding experience. Parenting style differs in four important areas: parents’ warmth/nurturance, discipline strategy, communication skills, and expectations of maturity. She posited three types of parenting styles: authoritarian, permissive, and authoritative. Some children raised in dramatically different environments can later grow up to have remarkably similar personalities. Conversely, children who share a home and are raised in the same environment can grow up to have astonishingly different personalities than one another.
Parents are the major influence in their children’s lives. Thus their perception of how children think, and should be raised is crucial in determining children’s behaviour. Other factors, such as genes, peers, culture, gender, and financial status, are of lesser importance.

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The Four Parenting Styles

1. Authoritarian parenting
In this style of parenting, children are expected to follow the strict rules established by the parents. Failure to follow such rules usually results in punishment. Authoritarian parents fail to explain the reasoning behind these rules. If the child asks, the parent might simply reply, “Because I said so.” These parents have high demands, but are not responsive to their children

2. Authoritative parenting
Like authoritarian parents, those with an authoritative parenting style establish rules and guidelines that their children are expected to follow. However, this parenting style is much more democratic. Authoritative parents are responsive to their children and willing to listen to questions. When children fail to meet the expectations, these parents are more nurturing and forgiving rather than punishing. These parents “monitor and impart clear standards for their children’s conduct. They are assertive, but not intrusive and restrictive. Their disciplinary methods are supportive, rather than punitive.

3. Permissive parenting
Permissive parents, sometimes referred to as indulgent parents, have very few demands to make of their children. These parents rarely discipline their children because they have relatively low expectations of maturity and self-control. Permissive parents are generally nurturing and communicative with their children, often taking on

parents are more nurturing and forgiving rather than punishing. These parents “monitor and impart clear standards for their children’s conduct. They are assertive, but not intrusive and restrictive. Their disciplinary methods are supportive, rather than punitive.

3. Permissive parenting
Permissive parents, sometimes referred to as indulgent parents, have very few demands to make of their children. These parents rarely discipline their children because they have relatively low expectations of maturity and self-control. Permissive parents are generally nurturing and communicative with their children, often taking on the status of a friend more than that of a parent.

4. Uninvolved parenting
An uninvolved parenting style is characterized by few demands, low responsiveness and little communication. While these parents fulfill the child’s basic needs, they are generally detached from their child’s life. In extreme cases, these parents may even reject or neglect the needs of their children.

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The Impact of Parenting Styles
What effect do these parenting styles have on child development outcomes? In addition to Baumrind’s initial study of 100 preschool children, researchers have conducted numerous other studies that have led to a number of conclusions about the impact of parenting styles on children.
• Authoritarian parenting styles generally lead to children who are obedient and proficient, but they rank lower in happiness, social competence and self-esteem.

• Authoritative parenting styles tend to result in children who are happy, capable and successful and hard working

• Permissive parenting often results in children who rank low in happiness and self-regulation. These children are more likely to experience problems with authority and tend to perform poorly in school.

• Uninvolved parenting styles rank lowest across all life domains. These children tend to lack self-control, have low self-esteem and are less competent than their peers.
Authoritative parenting provides more advantages over other styles? Because “First, when children perceive their parents’ requests as fair and reasonable, they are more likely to comply with the requests” Second, the children are more likely to internalize (or accept as their own) the reasons for behaving in a certain way and thus to achieve greater self-control.”

 

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CHILDREN AND LOVE

Children need our support, love, care, attention etc.  As Parents it is important we provide this. Structure a system that works because every human being is different. The way Mr. A would raise his child is different from you. Why? Mr. A’s child has a different temperament from yours and not totally exposedlove2 to the same conditions as yours.  We believe in Children and the life they live should be our up-most concern. Children however, need to be correcting when the need arises,  even in correcting them we should do so in love and in most cases let them know why your way is the better way.

Different cultures have different unwritten methods to raising children and so even individual parents have personalized the way they raise their children as well. We should realize that these have different effects on our children and as has an impact on how they live in future, what they believe in and how they run their own children’s lives as well. Remember all you need to do is to give a child LOVE! This is like the best gift he or she will forever remember you by.

As parents we have to give ample attention to our child’s needs and this doesn’t mean we are ‘spoiling’ them. We are not only showing love, we are also being examples of how they loveshould relate to people they meet and those around them. Get your child to trust you, this is very important, its creates a panacea for them to start to follow your example. Such a child knows that his/her parents(s) will be there when he needs support, he knows what to expect. This give your child great confidence at all times.

Parents should cheer their children on. Be your child’s biggest cheerleader, no child wants to be constantly put down by anyone especially not mummy or daddy, uncle or aunty.  Remember if it happened to you and made you feel awful it shouldn’t happen to any child if it didn’t then make a child better. A hug, kisses are warm stuff to do with your child and is not asking too much, even if you are a care giver, you can’t love too much. Abuse isn’t acceptable but like we say at Ella Henri schools……we believe in children. Build a positive relationship with a child today and see how much difference you can make.