Charity is the most excellent virtue; it alone is sufficient to make a Paradise of your home or workplace.
Venerable Mother Clelia Merloni

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Getting Kids to Eat Nutritiously

Nutritious eating is important for children to learn early in life. They are influenced by what they eat at home and at school. By finding fun and creative ways at home and by supporting schools that provide healthier food, you can greatly influence your children to enjoy eating nutritiously.     

Home is where your children gain a foundation for good nutrition. It’s true what they say, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Breakfast helps fuel your children for their day at school, which is why it is so important that you have influence over what your children eat. An NPR article presents studies showing that children who eat breakfast before going to school perform better, have more energy, and pay better attention to their teachers than those who do not. Studies have also shown that what your children eat for breakfast affects their performance throughout the day.

Sending your children to school with a nutritious lunch can be a deterrent to the vending machines. Dr. Geoffrey Greene, president of the Society of Nutrition Education, found that parental limitations on how many sugary drinks a child was allowed to drink at home made a difference for the better in how many sugary drinks they purchased at school.

As parents, you have a tremendous amount of influence over what your kids eat. The Super Kids Nutrition website has great articles and fun ideas about how to get your children involved in eating more nutritiously. By having fun and being creative with your children, they will want to eat better.

Is Your Child Being Bullied?

Is your child having a problem with another student at school? Let’s face it; kids are bound to run into problems with others on campus. In fact, it’s difficult to know where to draw the line between a problem that needs attention and a mere misunderstanding between kids. However, if your child is repeatedly singled out or targeted by the same student (or group of students), or your child does not want to attend school or ride the bus any longer, these may be signs that intervention is needed. School should be a place where all students feel safe. The Health Resources and Services Administration has a website your family can go to for information, answers, and solutions to bullying. According to Stop Bullying Now, here are some signs to look for if you suspect your child is being bullied:

  • Your child comes home missing clothing or possessions, or your child’s clothing is damaged, or torn;
  • Your child has bruises, scratches or cuts they cannot (or won’t) explain;
  • Your child is fearful of going to school, riding the bus, or attending activities with friends;
  • Your child is sad, tearful or depressed when they come home from school;
  • Your child has low self-esteem or is anxious.

If you suspect your child is a victim of bullying, take action! Ignoring the incident or hoping it goes away, often makes the situation worse and can leave your child feeling even more alienated.

  • Let your child know that you support him/her.
  • Get as much information about the bullying as you can from your child. Help your child explain the situation and experiences by asking him/her questions.
  • Contact your child’s teacher. Many times teachers are able to provide information about your child’s peer relationships that you may not have known. If needed, contact the school principal to let him/her know what is happening as well.

We all want our children to feel safe going to school. Working with your child’s teacher and administration is an effective way to start protecting your child. Staying informed of the situation and acting quickly to resolve any problems will help your child feel empowered and safe once again.