How Do My Child’s Lifestyle Choices Affect their Education?*


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Ensuring our children succeed in school is a main priority for most parents, and this can be affected by a number of factors. For instance, if your child is staying up every night until 2am playing on their PlayStation, they won’t be able to concentrate the next day at school, even if they have a positive attitude towards learning. So, you may be wondering what lifestyle factors you should encourage to help your child perform well in school… Here are some tips from an independent school in Middlesex.




The types of food your child eats not only impacts their physical health, but it will also affect their performance in school. If they snack on chocolate bars and sweets, they will experience a sugar high that will lead to a subsequent crash in energy, making them sluggish and unable to concentrate. With that said, ensure they are eating a healthy, nutritious breakfast of porridge, fruit, or yoghurt, rather than sugary cereal. Dehydration can also make them feel lethargic, so they should try and carry a bottle of water around with them at school so that they are drinking plenty of fluids.




As briefly mentioned above, lack of sleep will have a negative impact on your child’s education. Depending on their age there are different recommendations on how many hours of sleep they should be receiving per night, but a good rule of thumb is a minimum of 8-9 hours. If they have exams coming up and feel an urge to stay up late cramming in revision, remind them that a good night’s sleep will be more beneficial.




Even as adults, many of us underestimate the importance of regular exercise and how it affects us mentally. You should encourage your child to go for regular walks or join a sports club so that they lead an active lifestyle, as this will help reduce anxiety and depression and just put them in a better mood to learn. Exercise also improves memory, motor skills, and helps us sleep better, so its something you should focus on as a family. 



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