Preparing for Test Time

Top 3 most important things you can do to get your kids ready for the big test!

Okay it is testing time. The teachers have done all they can. You think your kid is ready, yet this can be a very stressful time, especially if they are new to testing. Just a few minor things can throw them off. So make sure you prepare your child early for test time with these top 3 most important steps:

Feed the Brain:

Brain food is actually a thing. There are plenty of foods that can make your brain function better or worse. Make sure you avoid a breakfast filled with sugary/starchy foods. These can give your child short spurts of energy but wear off quickly and lead to sleepy, cranky kids.

To keep you child alert and eager to learn try complex carbohydrates, protein and good fats that can last well until lunch. These include things such as yogurt, oatmeal or granola each with added fruit, eggs: hardboiled and scrambled are kid favorites, turkey sausage or bacon, apples and peanut butter, whole wheat toast and a banana.

Vitamin Z:

Yep another obvious one, but sleep is the best medicine. However, don’t just get a good night sleep the night before the exam, at least 3 nights before is the best rest. Studies show your body can take some time to catch up if you are already sleep deprived so start earlier. A nice meal and hot shower can also promote a great night sleep!

The Calm Before the…Test:

Let’s face it, we can all have one of those mornings. You know the one where we all hit snooze, we’re cramming food down quickly, rushing out the door and hardly being pleasant to one another. That is not a great start to these already stressful days. Set your alarm for an earlier time, set multiple alarms, remind yourself to take a deep breath, and put on a smile and send out positive vibes.

Bonus:

To add a little pep to their step play a fun tune, write words of affirmation on their bathroom mirror or just make sure you give them a hug and say how much you love them!

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