How to Ensure Healthy Eating at Exam Time

Exams for kids can turn out to be a time of stress and food might either be exploited or ignored at such a time. While handing out that pack of chips might seem like the easiest solution, it is definitely not the healthy one. Here are some tips on how to help your kids eat smart and fuel their body and brain at exam time: Eating at regular intervals: Rather than 3 heavy meals a day which will leave the kids in a sleepy state after each one, aim to give them smaller but more regular meals over the course … Continue reading

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ALOHA Helps Your Kids Exercise Their Brains

Health and fitness are areas that we have started getting more serious about, not just for us but for our children too. The term “fitness” must ideally be a combination of physical and mental health. As parents, we try to incorporate physical activities and de-stressors such as yoga in our children’s schedules. What are the ways in which you could stimulate their minds equally as well? A conventional classroom might utilize the left side of the brain that contains the centers for speech, writing and analytical thinking. The right side is also known as the creative side and contains the … Continue reading

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All Work and No Play

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” -  Fred Rogers It’s common for parents to wonder how our kids are having a much tougher time of it, and how much more of a fun and carefree time we had as children. While trying to enrich our kids’ lives with extra-curricular activities we shouldn’t forget the importance of play! Here’s why playing and the outdoors should be an important part of kids lives’: Reduces stress: Playing an outdoor game and … Continue reading

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Yoga for Kids – How It Can Help Your Child

Yoga came into vogue in the last couple of decades, and has been popular as a form of exercise for a while now. Some of you might be surprised to hear that it is not just adults who can benefit from Yoga, but children as well. If you’re wondering whether you need to go and start looking for that neighborhood Kids’ Yoga class, read on:

Fitness: Other than the physical activity that children get from the playground and gym activities at school, they could be introduced to a refreshing way of getting fit through yoga. It would help in improving flexibility and muscular strength through the specific poses, when taught by an experienced instructor.

That looks like fun! Pic source: http://bit.ly/1qbrvQq

That looks like fun! Pic source: http://bit.ly/1qbrvQq

Calming influence: Pranayama and other yoga techniques could be very useful for kids to deal with the stress they face in their daily lives. It would definitely help calm their minds and improve concentration and attention levels when at school as well.

Teaches self-control: A regular practice of Yoga could help with teaching aspects of discipline and self-control to kids, to help them deal with their challenges related to fitness and even with behavioral issues.

Helps special needs kids: It is important to note that Yoga has been known to help children with special needs too. This is because it helps them ease anxiety levels, while teaching aspects of discipline.

It is important to find the right yoga instructor, so that your child enjoys the class and is not bored with just learning to strike one pose after another. Yoga sessions for children can be very interactive and a great experience for your child, to make him or her want to go back every time.

About ALOHA Mind Math

ALOHA Mind Math has been guiding children between the ages of five through 12 years to achieve academic excellence since 2007. The interactive learning process is proven to enhance a child’s math, reading and writing capabilities. The teachers also assist children in developing skills and abilities such as observation and listening that result in the overall growth of the child.

ALOHA Mind Math is currently training children all over the United States of America with more than 150 centers. For more details on this unique program, please visit alohamindmath.com or search for the center closest to you by using our locator alohamindmath.com/locations/.

Is Breakfast the Most Important Meal of the Day?

While the answer to this question might make for popular debate, there is no doubt about it in the case of school going children. It is definitely to the advantage of your child to have a filling and nutritious meal before starting their classes every morning. It should provide them the required energy to pay attention in school, or to take part in sports or gym activities.

In the flurry of activities every morning with everyone rushing off to their workplace or school, it gets tough to plan a balanced and interesting meal every morning. Here are some easy ways that you can go about it:

Minimize cooking time: Plan your elaborate cooked breakfasts for the weekends! Where schooldays are concerned, it should be something that you can put together in 10-15 minutes at the most. A boiled egg for example is quick to make and provides some essential protein. Plan items like sandwiches or salads that you could put together easily using pre-cooked or raw ingredients.

Freeze, freeze, freeze: Choose items that freeze well, so that you could even prepare and freeze breakfasts for the week if needed. A lot of veggies like carrots, beans and peas take very well to freezing, and will provide the required nutrition punch to your child’s meal.

Fruits can be quick to prepare and provide all the color you need!

Fruits can be quick to prepare and provide all the color you need!

Use colors and fun shapes: If your kids complain that meals are getting boring or repetitive, make small changes by using new ingredients that provide color. You could also try cutting out patterns or funny faces to make even the most mundane sandwiches look more interesting.

Not really a breakfast tip, but a note like this one is sure to bring a smile to your child’s face and provide them incentive to finish meal, don’t you think ;) ?

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About ALOHA Mind Math

ALOHA Mind Math has been guiding children between the ages of five through 12 years to achieve academic excellence since 2007. The interactive learning process is proven to enhance a child’s math, reading and writing capabilities. The teachers also assist children in developing skills and abilities such as observation and listening that result in the overall growth of the child.

ALOHA Mind Math is currently training children all over the United States of America with more than 150 centers. For more details on this unique program, please visit alohamindmath.com or search for the center closest to you by using our locator alohamindmath.com/locations/.

Eat Healthy for the Best Growth

It’s Called Junk Food for a Reason Kids love junk food; it’s quick, easy, and it’s tasty. But are they benefiting from it? The answer is no. Eating fresh and healthy food gives children the energy they need to complete a long and tiring day. It also helps sharpen their mind and hence keeps them both physically and mentally fit. With obesity levels on the rise, you really need to monitor what your kids are eating. We have a few tips on how you could make your kids eat those greens that are so essential for their growth. Developing Healthy … Continue reading

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Super Foods that Build Immunity

It is widely known that the type of food children eat influences their physical health, emotional health and mental health. It affects behavior, ability to learn, memory power. Eating right and ensuring a balanced diet goes a long way in the overall development of the child. Here’s a quick list of the super foods that build immunity for children as well as adults.

Fruits and Veggies

Fruits are a rich source of vitamins and minerals. Fruits like berries are rich in antioxidants and bananas are rich in potassium. Whole fruits are a good source of fiber hence wholesome fruits are better than juices, as they retain fiber which helps with digestion. Best time to eat fruits – Anytime!

All vegetables are good and come with their own source of nutrition. Include a portion of veggies every day that will provide Vitamin A, C, E and minerals. Green leafy vegetables and vegetables of all colours are extremely healthy.

Milk, Yoghurt and Cheese

Milk should be consumed everyday as sufficient calcium and protein helps keep bones and teeth strong. Milk is rich in calcium and a serving of one or two glasses of milk per day is essential. Lactose intolerant children can be given soy milk.

Yoghurt and cheese are great sources of protein and calcium. Yogurt helps smooth the digestion process and cheese provides a rich source of Vitamin A, B12 and riboflavin. One serving a day is great, and children love cheese!

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Eggs and Fish

Eggs help the body absorb calcium and retain them. A great source of protein, eggs are rich in Vitamin D. They are wholesome and help children stay well fed and satisfied for longer periods of time. Best time to eat eggs is for breakfast, although eggs can be eaten anytime of the day.

Fish is rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids and are crucial to brain and eye development. You can give your children salmon and other sea foods such as shrimp and scallops which are also rich in Omega 3 essential fatty acids.

Nuts

Nuts provide essential healthy fats which are important for the growth and development of kids. Almonds, Cashews, Pistachios and Walnuts are great sources fat. Walnuts are essential brain food for your child’s brain development. Best time to eat nuts – Anytime!  Encourage your child to eat well and eat healthy. It goes a long way in building up immunity, and a healthy way of life in the years to come.

 

 

Establish a proper sleep pattern for your kid

Sleep

The next time you feel that your child is irritable in the mornings or at later parts of the day, one of the first things to check out is if he is getting enough sleep. I came across this article that talks about why sleep is important for everyone, especially children, and the impact that lack of sleep can have. The details may sound a bit scary, but this is a real issue, and as parents we should do all we can to ensure our child gets a good night’s sleep. Here are some things we can do: Treat sleep-time … Continue reading

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