Tips for a Happy, Healthy Child in 2011

After the holidays it’s hard to get back into the routine, especially for kids, which means going back to school. This time of year, however, can also be an opportunity to help your child – and you – start the new year right! Check out these helpful tips:

A Mental Jumpstart
Breakfast isn’t a meal you want to skip. Having a healthy meal to start your day seems to improve concentration and problem-solving skills. Eating a balanced breakfast can sharpen a child’s memory and improve school test scores.

Be a Positive Example
Remember that setting a good example by eating healthy foods and getting plenty of exercise is key to getting your kids to adopt healthy lifestyles. Try eating dinner together as a family more often.

Also, get involved in your child’s education and attend school functions. Children who have parents who are more involved with their education often perform better in school, are better adjusted and are less likely to drop out.

If You Want to See Better Grades, then you may want to reorganize your child’s room. Specifically, consider moving his or her TV to another location. Most pediatricians believe that too much time spent watching TV and playing video and computer games can harm a child’s academic performance. Below are some more tips to help your child develop good study habits:

  • Provide a work space that is specifically for their homework. It can be in their bedroom or another part of the home the key is that the space offers privacy.
  • Give your child the necessary tools to get the job done. Provide good lighting and any other supplies he or she may need.
  • Don’t rush – make sure your child has enough time to get his or her homework done at a reasonable hour.
  • Check in on their computer use to ensure it’s being used for their homework and not acting as a distraction.
  • Make yourself available to help them with questions. If your child is having a hard time with homework, consider a tutor. Talk it over with your child’s teacher.
  • Take steps to help alleviate eye, neck and brain fatigue while studying. Have your child close the books for a few minutes, stretch and take a break when it will not be too disruptive.

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