Deciding What Nutritional Supplements are Right for Your Kids

While your kids should, ideally, receive all the vital vitamins and minerals that they need from natural sources, nutritional supplements do have their place and can be very helpful for some situations in which kids can’t get all their important nutrients through their diets. If you think that your child may need nutritional supplements, here are a few things to consider.

nutritional supplements

It’s important to determine what your child
needs and choose supplements based
on their personal requirements.


Do Kids Need Nutritional Supplements?

It goes without saying that kids should be fed a balanced diet of fresh food. Kids with a healthy, balanced diet should be able to get all the vitamins and minerals they need from natural sources – food, water, sunlight. However, it’s not necessarily right to say that kids should never be given dietary supplements, as every child’s situation is different.

For example, some kids may be picky eaters or simply won’t eat certain foods and parents may be concerned that their children aren’t getting certain vital nutrients that their growing bodies need. Sometimes nutritional supplements can be a helpful interim measure to keep kids healthy until they develop better habits and can get everything they need naturally.

What Supplements Would my Child Benefit From?

There are so many supplements on the market that the choice can seem overwhelming. It’s important to determine what your child needs and choose supplements based on their personal requirements. For example, some children may spend very little time in the sun and would benefit from taking vitamin D supplements. Some kids may be very picky eaters and refuse to eat seafood or nuts, meaning he/she’s not getting enough Omega-3 fatty acids. Or for vegetarians, B12 supplements may be beneficial as their diet may be naturally low in B12.

The best course of action is to ask a professional, your GP for instance, or a nutritionist, who can assess your child’s eating habits, intake, lifestyle and personal needs to help you determine which, if any, supplements he/she should be taking.

What to Look For in a Supplement

It’s important to choose natural supplements, preferably free of anything artificial and derived from food sources. The body processes naturally derived supplements much more easily than synthetic vitamins and are considered much safer and healthy for kids (and adults) to take regularly.

What to Avoid in a Supplement

Try to stay away from anything that’s synthetic or artificial. Some of the cheaper children’s supplements may contain artificial additives like sweeteners, colours or flavouring. You should also be wary not buy supplements that have sugar added to them, as it’s much healthier to keep your child’s sugar intake down and too much sugar in your kid’s daily diet can lead to health issues like diabetes. Some vitamins do contain natural sugar but ideally there should be no more than one gram of sugar per vitamin, so check labels carefully.

Another ingredient to avoid is ferrous sulphate, a form of iron which can cause be harmful to kids if they have too much of it- look for carbonyl iron instead, a much safer form.

For further support in ensuring your child is getting everything he/she needs for a healthy mind and body, seek out your area’s Medicare Local, who offer great community support for healthy living. You can also discuss with your GP, nutritionist or other health professional how best to get your child back on track to receiving all the right nutrients naturally. Developing healthy habits is vital for your child to have the best shot at a maintaining a healthy life.

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Roughing Out Kids’ Homework Worries

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If your child do their homework at the same time for a month or so, they are less likely to change the schedule and worry about it.

One of the most trying moments of parenting school children is getting their homework done. There are instances when a child worries too much about their homework and parents sometimes get too frustrated. These moments ensues fights, cries and storming off on both sides. While some parents don’t get mad, they become anxious about their kids’ anxiety. These approaches won’t help your kids deal with their homework worries, as parents, you should be calm about it and help your children cope. Homework will always be a part of school work and while some kids worry about it, they can survive it. Here are some ideas to help you support your kids deal with their homework worries slowly and steadily.

Be Compassionate with your Child

Homework can sometimes be tough and it can be thoroughly nerve-wracking to do. Let them know that you understand with simple statements such as “I’m sorry you are stressed and scared about this,” or “It’s hard to work on tough homework isn’t it?” With calm, reassuring statements of understanding and care can help your children can calm down their homework worries.

Calm your Child’s Body

When your child becomes really anxious about their homework, ask them to take deep, show breathes to expel “anxiety chemicals” in the brain. Do it with them to encourage them, once they have calmed down, they can learn and remember things better.

Use “Calm Sentences/Phrases”

Think of “calm sentences with your child when it comes to tough homework. Some good examples are, “I’ll try my best to do this, and it’s okay if I can’t do it all” or “My teacher hardly gets mad for unfinished homework, and even if they do, it’s okay.” Write your calm sentences on cards which they can read aloud when they get worried about homework. This way they also learn to deal with their fears and reassure themselves even without your interference.

Pep Talk with Teacher

Help your child discuss their homework worries with their teacher. Warn the teacher in advance so that they can prepare. Most teachers will be happy to help reassure children about school-related work. You can remind your child about your and their teacher’s support each time they get stressed out with tough homework.

Set a Time for Doing Homework

Ask your child to choose a set, short time for homework and stick to this routine for a month. Some children prefer to do it right after school to get it out of their way while others do it after eating and resting. If your child do their homework at the same time for a month or so, they are less likely to change the schedule and worry about it.

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Some Ways to Be There for Your Child Studying Overseas

Sometimes the best opportunities arise far from home, and you may find yourself in the situation where your child is offered the chance to study overseas. This can be a very exciting experience, however it also raises several key questions for parents on how to best support their children while away from home. Here are some top tips on how you can be there for your child while they are studying overseas.

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Scheduling Skype sessions will allow you to
catch up and see how your child is settling in.

Be Positive

Being away from home can be a difficult experience for your kids, and once the excitement of being in a new country wears off, homesickness can seep in. It’s important to always stay positive and focus on being as encouraging as possible to keep your child motivated and in the right frame of mind to succeed. Always ask them to share funny and interesting stories from their travels, and while it is nice to let them know they are missed, be careful not to make them feel guilty for being away.

Keep in Contact

Thanks to the proliferation of fast internet and easy access points, it’s simple and easy to stay in touch with your kids no matter where they travel. Regular email is a great way to stay up to date on the latest news, and scheduling Skype sessions will allow you to catch up and see how they are settling in. Studying in a new country can be challenging, so it’s important that your child knows they can share their experiences with you, both positive and negative. By discussing any issues they are facing and receiving your support, they are far more likely to stay on track and succeed.

Financial Support

No matter how well prepared your child might be to head overseas and start studying, sometimes the unexpected happens and they might need some extra financial assistance to keep going. When an emergency situation arises and you need to transfer funds in a hurry, consider MoneyGram International. It’s a fast, secure and convenient way to perform an international money transfer, and with thousands of offices around the world, your child could have access to the funds they need in less than 10 minutes. It’s always good to be prepared for the worst, and have a contingency plan in place to help your child if they start to struggle overseas.

Gifts from Home

Don’t underestimate the power of a small gift, sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest impact. With this in mind, consider putting together small packages with a few treats for your child to enjoy while they are overseas. It can be something as ordinary as a jar of vegemite and some Tim Tams, along with a letter and some photos of home, yet it can mean the world to someone who is starting to miss home.

Supporting your child while they study overseas might seem challenging, however these simple steps can make a big difference to their success. Remember to always stay positive to keep them motivated and on track, and know your options when it comes to providing safe financial assistance. The chance to study overseas can be the experience of a lifetime, so keep these important things in mind to truly be there for your child no matter where they are in the world.

Maree is a student fresh out of university and has decided to travel the world. She has been travelling for the past 8 months and in her spare time writes all the tips and tricks she can think of to share with other beginner travellers.

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