What parent doesn’t want their children to do well at school? I know I do, and as a single mom, I do what I can to make sure they have what they need to start their day off right – a good night’s rest, a warm shower and a good breakfast . Experts have said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Research in classrooms nationwide has shown that breakfast plays a critical role in a student’s ability to focus and that translates to better academic success.
I’m sold, but who am I kidding? Between the two children and despite my attempts to organize and plan, our mornings are hectic. Our morning start off with sleepy zombie-like creatures moving at a snail’s pace to get into the shower, and then with five minutes left to spare, we all rush out the door, grabbing bags, shoes and maybe an apple, then leaving their hot plates of food untouched. When I remind them to eat their breakfast, the common response is “But I’m not hungry!” I can’t be the only one with this morning scenario.
So, my attention perked up when I heard California introduced a bill that will make it easier to feed children breakfast, which in turn will help them improve their ability to learn. The way I see it, this is a win for the students, a win for the parents and a win for the school.
The bill will allow for breakfast to be served to students after the bell, unlike today when breakfast is served before school starts. I know when I went to school, more sleep always won in the battle of sleep vs. breakfast. With the passage of the Breakfast After the Bell bill, students will have the option to get breakfast at school during homeroom or long passing period.
I think it’s a great idea! What do you think?
You can read more about this bill and its nuances at www.calbreakfast.org.