6 Brain-Boosting Foods Kids Should Eat During Exams

A child’s diet is usually one of the most neglected aspects by parents during their exams.

As a parent, you want your child to do well in school and pass their exams. However, for this to happen, it is important that your child eats the right diet as nutrition is also a contributing factor in how well they do in exams.

In addition, because the mental faculties of children work at a marathon pace during examinations. Children need to improve their intellectual endurance and for this they invariably require good nutrition throughout this period.

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So what are the best foods to feed your child during this exam season?

1. Oily fish

Do you know that salmon, sardines and mackerel are amongst the healthiest types of fish. Why? Because they contain lots of protein and omega 3, which is essential to keep a functioning brain working well. Incorporate any of these fish into your child’s diet during exam season to boost their brain power.

2. Eggs

Whether fried or boiled, eggs are healthy and good brain food and are an excellent choice for breakfast during exam time. Eating the first meal of the day, will help them stay alert and is a good fuel for the brain. Breakfast can help children concentrate, recollect and reproduce information.

A breakfast rich in protein like eggs increases tyrosine (an amino acid) levels in the blood and brain which help nerve cells manufacture chemicals which keep your kids alert and active.

3. Vegetables & fruit

Vegetables and fruit provide much-needed minerals, ions, vitamins, liquids and can give your child an energy boost when they are revising, since they contain fructose and healthy sugars their body can convert into energy. Top snacking fruits during exam time include: apples, bananas, avocados, oranges.

Anti-oxidants like vitamins A, C and E reduce damage to brain cells due to increased stress by fighting the free radicals. They also help increase the body’s immunity and help reduce chances of the child falling sick during exams.

4. Avocado

Avocado is a brain-boosting food that contains monounsaturated fats, omega 3, and omega 6 fatty acids. These increase blood flow to the brain, lower cholesterol, and aid in the absorption of antioxidants.

5. Beans and Legumes 

Beans and legumes are excellent sources of complex carbohydrates. These complex carbohydrates are also mixed with fiber that slows absorption, giving a steady supply of glucose for the brain without the risks of sugar spikes associated with many other sugar sources. Beans and legumes are also rich in folate—a B vitamin critical to brain function—and essential omega fatty acids.

6. Nuts 

Nuts e.g. cashew nuts, groundnuts, walnuts and almonds, are extremely good for the brain and nervous system. They are great sources of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, vitamin B6, and vitamin E. Vitamin E has been shown to improve brain power.

7. Water

When kids sit in the comfort of their room and probably with their AC on, they do not feel thirsty and hence end up drinking very less fluids. When dehydrated, the body and mind are dazed, restless. It is hard concentrating on studies. If they do not like drinking water that much, give them fresh fruit juices to keep them going.

Note: Avoid eating outside food during exams

Exams being times for high-stress and low-immunity, children are highly prone for infections. So, avoid eating outside food as much as possible. If your kid really wants to eat, make sure you only buy food you have tried before from trusted restaurants.

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This School Poster Asking Parents To Teach Children Manners Goes Viral

Good manners should be taught in the home, and it is the responsibility of every parent.

Sadly not every child is taught good manners by their parents, it is not wonder that this poster from a Portuguese school has gone viral, after it was shared on Facebook.

The poster highlights five key points, which the school has determined should be managed by the parents.

It reads:

‘Dear parents

• We would like to remind you that magic words such as hello, please, you’re welcome, I’m sorry, and thank you, all begin to be learned at home.

• It’s also at home that children learn to be honest, to be on time, diligent, show friends their sympathy, as well as show utmost respect for their elders and all teachers.

• Home is where they learn to be clean, not talk with their mouths full, and how/where to properly dispose of garbage.

• Home is also where they learn to be organized, to take good care of their belongings, and that it’s not ok to touch others.

• Here at school, on the other hand, we teach language, math, history, geography, physics, sciences, and physical education. We only reinforce the education that children receive at home from their parents.

The school raises a very important point as most times parents leave the job of parenting to their child’s school. Children are expected to have good manners, and they and their parents earn more respect when they do.

Children who aren’t taught good manners from an early age are at a distinct disadvantage. Good manners will set children up for a lifetime of success with family, friends, adults and in their future relationships.

What do you think. Should good manners be taught at home or in school?

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