These days, your child’s after-school timetable may make some business executives’ weekly schedules look like a walk in the park.
Tuesday afternoon: Math tuition
Thursday and Friday afternoons: CCA in school
Saturday morning: Swimming lesson
Saturday afternoon: Piano class, etc…
The issue of kids in Singapore spending more time on extra-curricular activities, and at a younger age, was highlighted by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during his 2012 National Day Rally speech. He advised over-zealous parents not to rob their children of their childhood, citing examples of parents who sent their tots to two kindergartens or tuition class well before primary school.
While it is commendable that parents place top priority on giving their children a head start towards a brighter future, a holistic approach that includes looking after the child’s health and well-being is equally important.
Have you been putting your kid’s academic success over his or her nutrition needs? Has allowing your child to skip breakfast due to a hectic schedule become a habit too difficult to kick?
The Health Promotion Board recognizes that breakfast is the most important meal to kick-start a child’s day and recommends that kids consume 2-3 servings of whole grain foods as part of its daily diet for its higher nutrition. Help your child meet the recommended daily intake of whole grains by giving them whole grain foods at breakfast! Instead of giving your child white bread or noodles, which are made from refined grain, opt for wholemeal options such as wholemeal bread, wholemeal noodles or breakfast cereals made with whole grain.
Twelve-year-old Xi Yue is a national team champion in Weiqi. “We believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Sometimes, his competitions can stretch on for the whole day, which is very demanding on the body. So we ensure that he has a nutritious breakfast that includes some form of carbohydrates, proteins and fruits,” says Xi Yue’s mother. Madam Hong Hong takes great effort to ensure Xi Yue has a good start in the morning by preparing foods such as sandwiches with egg or breakfast cereals. Xi Yue’s favourite is Honey Stars and Koko Krunch.
You too can ensure your kids get enough fuel to meet the demands of their extra-curricular activities. Encourage your children to take wholegrain foods by starting with breakfast, the most important meal of the day!
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Simply share with us your child’s extra-curricular activities and email your reply to firstname.lastname@example.org with Subject Title: Kiasuparents NBC Contest 2 and your particulars (Name, IC, Contact Number).
Contest ends 13 October 2012.