Besides that, the benefits of having concentration when receiving lessons and also making children become smart. In addition, the age of toddlers and children (especially at the age of 7-13 years) is a period of rapid growth, which is very good for optimizing their growth. Getting used to breakfast in the morning is very important for your child, research has linked the prevalence of stunted children at the age of 6-18 years in Indonesia is still high, this is related to the nutritional adequacy of the Indonesian people is still below average. In addition, breakfast will help meet your child’s energy needs and reduce the risk of micronutrient deficiency problems, especially the vitamins and minerals needed in child development you.
Skipping breakfast is a serious problem, associated with a greater risk of physical and mental growth disorders. Some of the obstacles the Indonesian people have through breakfast include, first, it is difficult to wake your child so that they don’t have time for breakfast. Second, it is difficult when you invite your child to breakfast so that you let your child not get nutrition intake in the morning. Third, it is difficult to get your child used to spending breakfast. Last is to do breakfast but of low quality.
Here are some ways to get used to breakfast habits in your family, especially to meet your child’s nutritional needs:
1. Choose the portion that suits the needs of the child
Some children refuse to eat breakfast because it can cause drowsiness in the classroom. You don’t rush to decide your child not to do breakfast, maybe the portions you give are excessive. Basically, children only need 15-30% of their daily nutritional needs at breakfast. If the portion you give is too much, one of the effects is that the child will be sleepy in class and also have a stomachache.
2. Breakfast with a practical and healthy menu
Parents often neglect children for breakfast because it is difficult to determine the breakfast menu. Even though the breakfast menu can be served with practical food, even so pay attention to the nutritional content of your child. Practical and healthy you can serve some cereals mixed with milk or bread with peanut butter plus a glass of milk.
3. Varied Breakfast Menu
Breakfast is not just filling your child’s stomach, choosing the wrong breakfast menu can make children sick to the stomach or even sleepy. Serve a varied menu to reduce boredom in your child. Several menu choices include cereal, bread and potatoes. Don’t forget to complete it by drinking milk every morning and evening for your child, to meet calcium needs in their development.
It is recommended that parents get used to breakfast for children. With the right breakfast will help in thinking and also improving cognitive abilities child. So that it helps your child to concentrate while receiving lessons and carrying out their activities.