The fascinating part of being a parent is the privilege to watch a human being develop from a blip on an MRI machine all the way to adulthood, learning and growing with each step along the way. From their very first steps to graduation day, our children’s lives are a series of amazing milestones.
This week my family is older son will be receiving his black belt in karate. It is hard to believe that his big day is here, having been almost six years in the making. (Proud karate mom right here, folks.) My youngest still has a ways to go for those types of milestones though we are just as happily to be celebrating Tooth Fairy visits and his first words being read.
Since studies show that breakfast eaters have better do better in school and have a stronger ability to concentrate, I am a stickler for my kids eating a good breakfast. Admittedly, I sometimes make them just a wee bit frustrated with me since neither one has a big appetite in the morning. When they grab their backpacks and try to head out the door, I’m the mom who says they cannot leave if they have not eaten anything.
Over the past few months we have come to a happy compromise. Every morning before school my kids each have a protein shake. My younger son likes to change the ingredients a little from day-to-day but the shake always includes a banana and a full glass of milk. That makes me feel like they will be ready for the day.
Clearly I am my mother’s child, because she was the same way this me as a kid, always telling us that milk is a great way to get protein in the morning. Each 8 ounce glass contains 8 grams of protein – even more than an egg. Milk at breakfast fuels active successful days and sends your kids out the door with nutrients they need to help them perform and focus in school.
As a parent, now it is my turn to do my part in helping my kids reach those milestones.
In 2012, the National Milk Mustache “got milk?” campaign launched “The Breakfast Project” to highlight the importance of milk at breakfast in the morning. With 9 essential nutrients including 8 grams of high-quality protein per 8 oz glass, milk enhances the nutritional value of your morning meal, whether in a glass, cup or bowl. To learn more about the initiative, go to: www.TheBreakfastProject.com. You can also follow along via http://www.facebook.com/MilkMustache and https://twitter.com/MilkMustache.
Are your kids big breakfast eaters? What do they like to have in the morning before school?
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Note: I am proud to be working with The National Milk Mustache “got milk?” campaign and was compensated for my participation.