Rais­ing the chil­dren of to­day

To en­sure your chil­dren grow up to be cham­pi­ons, charge them up with Pos­i­tive en­ergy.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FAMILY -

DEAR moth­ers, Your child’s health will al­ways be the num­ber one pri­or­ity in your life. Moth­ers to­day are the su­per­heroes of the world – she’s work­ing hard out­side of the home while en­sur­ing her fam­ily’s well-be­ing is be­ing well taken care of.

Be­sides, the world has changed for chil­dren, too. They now have a vast ar­ray of dis­trac­tions and in­ter­ests – from tele­vi­sion to the In­ter­net to all kinds of new tech­nol­ogy which can make them vul­ner­a­ble to the things their par­ents could have pro­tected them from in the past.

Still, moth­ers try very hard to do ev­ery­thing right for their chil­dren. It’s hard to know what that is when there are con­stantly new ideas about how to raise chil­dren.

Rais­ing chil­dren has now been turned into a sci­ence, and moth­ers are try­ing to be sci­en­tists do­ing ev­ery­thing per­fectly. In­stead of mak­ing par­ents more as­sured and con­fi­dent in their ap­proach, this over­load of in­for­ma­tion has be­come an added stress for moth­ers and chil­dren. Let’s not for­get moth­ers also have to jug­gle be­tween chores, sched­ules, bond­ing and prac­tis­ing what they preach.

A bal­anced life

As par­ents, we of­ten try to cre­ate that per­fect world for our chil­dren. Find­ing that bal­ance in our lives has al­ways been piv­otal. When we find it, we feel blessed. Don’t we all look for­ward to hav­ing more of those mo­ments?

Moth­ers know that bal­ance – for them­selves and their chil­dren – is im­por­tant, but it is a del­i­cate bal­anc­ing act.

Pro­tect­ing our chil­dren is en­sur­ing that we start en­velop­ing them in a cir­cu­lar em­brace of Pos­i­tive En­ergy from young. Moth­ers know one of the best ways to en­sure our chil­dren’s well-be­ing is to pri­ori­tise their nu­tri­tional in­take.

Ac­cord­ing to a study by Nu­tri­tion Sur­vey of Malaysian Chil­dren, our chil­dren’s di­etary in­take is not com­pat­i­ble with the Min­istry of Health’s Rec­om­mended Nutrient In­take.

More than a third of the chil­dren sur­veyed did not have the rec­om­mended amount of in­take for en­ergy, cal­cium and Vi­ta­min D. It means our chil­dren do not have the right amount of nu­tri­tion to main­tain men­tal and phys­i­cal well­ness.

Are we giv­ing the right bal­ance of nu­tri­ents to our chil­dren?

One of the rea­sons cited for our low nu­tri­tional sta­tus is the lack of a bal­anced diet of car­bo­hy­drates, protein, vi­ta­mins and min­er­als.

Un­der­stand­ing the im­por­tance of bal­anced nu­tri­tion needs to be our first ac­tion­able step.

A bal­anced diet con­tains foods from all the main food groups in the cor­rect pro­por­tions to pro­vide the body with op­ti­mum nu­tri­tion. To stay healthy, our body needs the right ra­tio of car­bo­hy­drates, fats and protein — the three main com­po­nents of nu­tri­tion in the food pyramid to re­lease Pos­i­tive En­ergy.

Not hav­ing a bal­anced and nu­tri­tious diet will re­sult in chil­dren not hav­ing enough en­ergy to power the brain. This can cause lower men­tal alert­ness, fa­tigue and learn­ing prob­lems. It is so im­por­tant for chil­dren to have good nu­tri­tious meals to boost their over­all health.

Em­brac­ing Pos­i­tive En­ergy

Nu­tri­tional in­take isn’t the only fac­tor in en­sur­ing our child’s to­tal health de­vel­op­ment. Like a finely-tuned en­gine, our body needs the right fuel (food) and reg­u­lar main­te­nance (ex­er­cise and men­tal at­ti­tude) to achieve its true health po­ten­tial. If we pour in the wrong fuel or don’t use it reg­u­larly, it will not deliver its full power and per­for­mance.

Are we pay­ing at­ten­tion to the time our child spends on phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties?

A nu­tri­tious diet and reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity can help your child and you feel bet­ter, learn and work more ef­fec­tively, and stay healthy. All moth­ers want their chil­dren to have the best chance at be­ing a cham­pion, don’t they?

Stud­ies have proven that get­ting the equa­tion of nu­tri­tion and reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties right is the Pos­i­tive En­ergy chil­dren should have ev­ery day. It pays to plan ahead and take small steps in a healthy liv­ing jour­ney.

Let us take the first step with the first meal of the day, break­fast.

Kick-start your child’s daily rou­tine with the right amount of nu­tri­ents in their break­fast to fuel their en­ergy.

Achieve an op­ti­mum re­lease of Pos­i­tive En­ergy with the ideal ra­tio of car­bo­hy­drates (55% to 70%), protein (10% to 15%) and fat (20% to 30%) with food such as a tuna and egg sand­wich, fruit and yo­gurt par­fait or potato and egg salad paired with a warm mug of Milo.

Pre­par­ing break­fast

Here are some tips to en­sure that break­fast is an im­por­tant meal for your fam­ily.

Make it a point to sit down and plan a week of break­fast meals for your fam­ily. If you’re a work­ing mum, this list will en­sure your loved ones get the best ev­ery morn­ing. Al­ways make sure you have all the in­gre­di­ents that you need for break­fast be­fore the week be­gins.

Menu plan:

Fam­ily break­fast:

The best way to get your child to eat in the morn­ing is to eat with them and lead by ex­am­ple. Even if it’s just a bowl of ce­real or a piece of toast, sit­ting down to have break­fast ev­ery morn­ing, will teach your chil­dren a life les­son in mak­ing healthy liv­ing a pri­or­ity. Our par­ents taught us this when we were grow­ing up and es­tab­lish­ing a break­fast rou­tine will cer­tainly make for a health­ier gen­er­a­tion.

In­volve your chil­dren:

Get your chil­dren to plan, pre­pare and even serve break­fast with you. Ac­quir­ing cook­ing skills early in life will en­sure they con­tinue to eat health­ier meals in their adult­hood.

The best thing about cook­ing with your chil­dren is spend­ing qual­ity time to­gether. Let them whisk the eggs, mix the pancake bat­ter, toast and spread jam on breads or sim­ply set the ta­ble. Cook with flair. Don’t be afraid to don a chef’s hat and get imag­i­na­tive. Choose foods that chil­dren find fun and can pre­pare quickly.

Moth­ers, re­mem­ber to give your chil­dren the best ev­ery morn­ing; a warm mug of Milo and a dose of love pro­vides chil­dren with the Pos­i­tive En­ergy they need to be­gin their day like cham­pi­ons. See­ing our chil­dren suc­ceed in life, day by day, is the best thing that ev­ery mother can wish for.

Share with us your first step ex­pe­ri­ences at www.milo.com.my.

Be­gin­ning well: Start your child’s day with a good break­fast.

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