How Do My Child’s Lifestyle Choices Affect their Education?

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 How Do My Child’s Lifestyle Choices Affect their Education?

The decisions your child makes in their personal lives will undoubtedly affect the way they are able to perform in school. For example, if they decide to stay up until 3am playing video games, they will struggle to concentrate in lessons the next day. A child needs around 8 hours of sleep each night in order to function well the following day. However, adequate sleep is not the only lifestyle factor that can influence a child’s ability to learn, as explored below by an independent school in Hampshire.

The types of food your child eats will also determine whether or not they can concentrate in lessons. Sugary snacks and fizzy drinks can lead to a short-term boost in energy, but unfortunately this is followed by a “crash”. So, if your child eats an unhealthy lunch, they will feel very sluggish in the afternoon, which will impact their ability to pay attention to what their teachers are saying. With that said, start your child’s day with a nutritious breakfast, like yoghurt or porridge topped with fruit. Cereals tend to packed with sugar, so they’re not necessarily the best option when it comes to breakfast on a school day. The same applies to a packed lunch; perhaps prepare foods like carrot sticks and houmous or apple and peanut butter, rather than crisps and chocolate. 

Dehydration also tends to lead to a similar sluggishness as sugary snacks, so it might be worth investing in a decent reusable water bottle that your child can take to school and fill up throughout the day. They should be drinking around 6-8 glasses of fluid per day, which is at least 1.5 litres. 

Exercise is also important when it comes to education. It helps children develop motor skills, improves physical health and also releases endorphins that reduce stress and boost mood. If you’re struggling to get your child to engage in physical activity, perhaps encourage them to join a sports or drama club after school. You should also suggest a walk in the park or some other kind of physical activity on the weekend, like rock climbing or ice skating. 

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