Raising school-age children means you’ll be dealing with kids who are steadily growing and gaining weight. And based on the milestones we discussed above, you’ll understand that they need quite a lot of energy to face their days head-on.
This means nutrition should be a priority. To help your grade-schooler have a healthy, balanced diet, consider the following tips:
- Make sure they eat foods from all the food groups: fruits and vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy. Please also incorporate healthy fats by using healthy cooking oils, giving them nuts and seeds, or fruits like avocados.
- Always serve them breakfast, even the “on-the-go” kind.
- Give them healthy snacks, like fruits, yogurt, chicken sandwich, or cereals with milk.
- Invite your child to get involved in meal planning and preparation.
- Finally, be a role model in setting good habits.
Positive Parenting Tips
To help nurture your kid’s growth and development, remember the following positive parenting tips in raising school-age children:
Keep your communication lines open
Your child may be gaining independence, but they still need a lot of guidance. Talk to them every day – about their school, friends, and activities.
Encourage a sense of responsibility
Raising school-age children involves giving them more responsibilities based on their level of development. Assign them simple tasks like setting the table, cleaning their room, organizing their desk, and taking out the trash.
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