Parents who sit down for breakfast with their kids can cut by two-thirds the chances of those children skipping the meal, a new study reports.
Many parents may want to heed the study's advice. Researchers found that 30 percent of elementary school children are still going to school at least once a week on an empty stomach, showing no improvement from a similar study conducted last year.
Breakfast is a crucial meal that boosts children's energy levels, memory and focus, and improves their attendance and test scores. The study, sponsored by the national parent-teacher organization PTO Today, in conjunction with the American Cereal Council, included a two-week in-home survey that monitored the breakfast habits of 1,000 families nationwide, and confirmed that the kids who had breakfast with their families every morning noted positive results both in and out of school.
"Parents are the most influential role models in their kids' lives," says PTO Today President Tim Sullivan. "That's why it's crucial for them to stress the importance of eating breakfast to help prepare their kids for school each day."
- Dana Morgenstein