Your child’s lifestyle and their achievement at school can be closely linked. Poor lifestyle choices can have a detrimental effect on their studies, whilst maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help get the best out of them at school. As parents, it’s our job to help our children make good lifestyle choices. Here an independent school in Buckinghamshire outlines how our child’s lifestyle choices can affect their education.
We often underestimate how much the quality of our sleep affects our day to day lives. Children can be reluctant to go to sleep and would rather stay up late, whilst being hard to get out of bed in the morning! Lack of sleep can make children grumpy and this may affect their learning; if their brains feel sluggish, they might find it hard to concentrate and retain information. Make sure your child has a set bedtime each night, and that it’s not too late, particularly on school nights. It can help to limit screen time before bedtime, and perhaps read a book or take a bath – anything that’s relaxing rather than stimulating.
Nutrition and exercise
Your child might rather eat chocolate and sweets all day than balanced meals, but good nutrition plays an important role in keeping our brains alert and receptive to information. Make sure your child is eating meals which contain all the major food groups, as well as plenty of fruit and vegetables. Try to limit sugary snacks and drinks. Poor food choices can lead to lack of concentration and energy, which affects their learning. In addition, children should be getting plenty of exercise, preferably outdoors, which will also give them the energy to learn new information.
Too much screen time can cause problems in children, such as affecting their sleeping patterns and limiting their interest in other activities. Not all screen time is bad – some games and websites can be educational and help your child learn. But too much time spent interacting with a screen can make it harder for your child to focus when they’re at school, which inevitably won’t be as interesting as their computer games or TV programmes. It can also affect children’s social skills as they get used to interacting with characters on the screen rather than real people. Limit screen time to set times and durations and encourage your child to engage in off-screen activities that will stimulate them in other ways.
Lifestyle choices can play a big role in your child’s education, so it’s important parents support them to lead a healthy lifestyle.
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