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How self-confidence can help kids learn better

How self-confidence can help kids learn better

Healthily, the more confident a child is about something, it can greatly improve their memory skills. When they have confidence in their ability to remember things, they are known to excel in academia, compared to other children with lack self-confidence. Low self-esteem in children may lead to short-term memory difficulties, and induce state of nervousness and anxiety. They would either act out disproportionately to a difficult situation, or may not even speak out at all.

So it’s important that you try your best every now and then to boost your children’s confidence. Their little fresh brains are always curious so start instilling a healthy form of confidence to prepare them for the future.

 

Just like for adults, Positivity matters!

Encourage and praise your child, when appropriate, when he or she makes an effort to remember what they have learnt. Appropriate positive reinforcement always helps so do not, if you can, obsess over their forgetfulness, or judge them harshly on their competency. Just like in adults, providing constructive criticism with appropriate wording is better than bringing them down for being wrong.

 

Instilling organization

As an adult, we always find it hard to stay organized so how will a very active child’s mind stay on track? For their benefit later in life, especially school, be it organizing their pencil case, or clothes in their closet, teaching them organizational skills will help greatly. Color coding notes, books and notebooks kept in different shelf space, and down to even keeping different writing utensils for different subjects, will first of all, stop them from making a mess or losing things.

 

Coping with stress

If you yourself deal with stress in a non positive way, you child may take after you whether you like it or not. For that reason, try not to display that behaviour often in front of them and show them alternative ways to cope with stress and anger caused by not remembering things. Stress and inappropriate emotions resulting from stress can sometimes hamper their confidence, as well as their memory and learning skills.

 

Overconfidence

If you do not like this type of overconfidence in an adult, it should be corrected in a child too. Make sure that your child doesn’t become over-confident about what he remembers because it can cause conflicts with other children and stress. If they are overly confident in what they believe to be true, once they are belittled into feeling wrong about that fact, it can seriously cause discouragement in your child.

 

Reference(s):

  1. https://abbottfamily.com.sg/articles/pre-school/self-confidence#

How Experience Influences Child’s Learning & Development

How Experience Influences Child’s Learning & Development

Pinnacle points of your child’s life and the life experiences that come along with them are what shapes them. Be it key happenings from places, events, or stories they heard, it is all part of their curiosity for things. They will take these experiences, learn from them, and apply them to other situations. And also, do not forget that nutrition plays a key role as without the right nutrients, a child may not be maximizing their development.1, 6

 

Over Protection and Caution of Isolation

The world is vast and it is instinctual for a parent to worry of the unknown causing potential harm to their child. But sometimes this over protecting nature can be counterintuitive. People instinctively, especially children, crave close relationships, social support and care. By receiving care and social interactions, children are given tools to better cope with stressors and provide a sense of mastery. It is really the means of increasing a child’s quality of life.1, 2

 

Children, though not able to quite put it to words, experience stress, and loneliness can contribute to stress. Extended periods of stress, not only affects children mentally, but physically as well. Stress releases hormones (corticosteroid) suppress the effectiveness of the immune system and the body’s constant state of high alert causes strain on the heart and a child can develop heart related complications when older.1, 2

 

Children Remember Anything Outstanding or Unique

Development is a response to positive or negative interactions with parents and the environment. According to The Von Restorff Effect (theory by Dr Hedwig von Restorff in 1933), when something unique happens or seen, a person, especially a child, will make a strong memory of it.2 What comes to play is our focus and attention to noticing details and through creative activities or teaching styles, it can help children see, hear, hold, and smell new things.

 

The Von Restorff Effect is not limited to just remembering faces, but also affects other sense stimuli like taste. For example, want something to be more appealing to children? Make food into fun shapes, plate in fancy dinner wear, or even secretly add their least favorite foods with their favored ones.1

 

How Nutrition Can Shape a Child’s Emotional Well-being

Undernourishment can affect a child’s overall growth and cause behavior problems with developmental struggles to keep up with peers. In other words, if the body does not get what it needs (using brain power and thinking requires a lot of energy), it cannot run efficiently. Also, a child who has a healthy relationship with food early on, will be less likely to become obese or develop diabetes. This is because a diet that lacks essential nutrients can alter the way the body burns fats, carbohydrates and calories. It starts with the mind and a stable mood to control hunger, and for that nutrient like folate, vitamin B6, and choline are necessary for releasing brain chemicals that regulate it.3, 4 

 

To help a child eat, offer both your child’s favorites with new items while encouraging them to try it without force. Picky eating is in a child’s nature, so rather than be frustrated, think of alternatives within that food group or provide fortified foods or growing up milks. The right amount of nutrition matters and when food alone is not enough, Similac Gain IQ Kid can help. With a unique combination of DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid), lutein, and natural vitamin E to help support vision and brain development5and 2’‐FL HMO & Nucleotides to help support immunity, your child can both learn and thrive.6 Talk, teach, learn, and explore together with your child as social interactions are as important as nutrition when it comes to helping them thrive.

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References:

  1. https://www.noisolation.com/research/how-does-social-isolation-affect-a-childs-mental-health-and-development
  2. https://practicalpie.com/von-restorff-effect/
  3. https://txchildren.org/posts/2014/8/20/5-ways-early-childhood-experiences-shape-kids-forever
  4. https://www.nutritionnews.abbott/pregnancy-childhood/kids-growth/how-nutrition-can-shape-a-child-s-emotional-well-being/
  5. Auestad,Halter et al.2001, Auestad,Scott et al.2003
  6. Buck R et al. 2004, Schaller et al 2004, Auestad, Halter et al.2001

Fun ways to help kids love eating fruits and vegetables

Fun ways to help kids love eating fruits and vegetables

When young, children have not yet taken a hold of why fresh fruits and vegetables are good. This makes parents take a more holistic approach to make eating healthy fun. Children who eat healthily maintain focus, improve memory, and are happier. Here are a few more reasons why eating fruits and vegetables are important and fun ways to get your kids to love them. It is best to provide nutrients with real food, but when in doubt, child nutritional supplements (eg. Similac Gain) work too after consulting a related medical professional.1, 5

  1. The earlier the better for starting them on a healthy diet
    Children love familiarity, so starting them on a variety of fruits and vegetables in various formats will help them attain a wider palate. Try cooking, pureeing, and mashing differently of the least favorite items with ones they like for gradual adaptation. For example, broccoli or spinach are least favored by children for their strong flavor, but rich in vitamin C, lutein, and fiber, mixing them with fruit smoothies or soups is a way to get them to eat it by masking the flavors. Pay attention to see what works.1, 2
  2. Why so early?
    Children who get adequate nutrition early on are smarter and more leveled. Quality proteins, best found in walnuts & yogurt, keep the brain cells responsible for communication and retaining information efficiently, thus improving memory. Omega-3 fatty acids from soybeans & seaweed supports brain cell production and slows breakdown. A brain relies on glucose as one of the main sources of energy, the quality of carbohydrates matter. It is what will keep the stamina of the brain consistent. Packaged foods often are masked with high sugar and sodium or empty calories, natural sources like sweet potatoes, corn, bananas, and mangos are not only fresh, but the best.2, 3, 4, 
  3. Combine teaching with fun
    The reason why most children’s toys and readymade foods are in fun shapes and colors is because the child’s brain simply loves new and exciting things. And this is a good principle to adopt when you want a child to eat what they usually do not like. Play identification games with them at the grocery store or teach them math with weight for stimulation. It is a general rule not to play with food, but in this case if it is one way to promote healthy eating, it is waived. With assistance, let your child cut food into shapes and sizes they like or make it into a format they are willing to eat in.1, 2

Early exposure to these wonderful fruits and vegetables helps them get used to eating them with no fuss, but sometimes no matter how hard you try, your child will still not eat it. In this case if you are worried that they are missing out on some nutrients, child nutritional supplements like Similac Gain can help. Packed full of the essential brain nutrients like quality protein, carbohydrates, and omega-3, can help fill in where food may be missing. An appropriate serving according to your child’s age can ease the difficulty of getting them to eat whole fruits and vegetables. Best provided to your child as a supplement, you can leverage the maximum amount of healthy nutrients for your child to have a healthy brain and enjoy growing up.5 

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References:

  1. https://abbottfamily.com.sg/articles/pre-school/fruits-vegetables#
  2. https://centrespringmd.com/14-best-brain-health-foods-for-kids/
  3. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323110
  4. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323144#vegetarian-and-vegan-sources-of-omega-3
  5. https://abbottfamily.com.sg/products/page/similac-2-fl-stage3

Pregnancy nutrition misconceptions We Need to Explore

Pregnancy nutrition misconceptions We Need to Explore

Once you tell people that you are planning on becoming pregnant or you are pregnant, well-meaning advice will come flooding in. Most are based on some truth, but some are just speculations based on tradition only. Old lady tales and traditions aside, pregnancy nutrition (whether or not you need supplements, ie. Similac MUM) comes down to individual needs. Here are a couple of most commonly believed myths newly pregnant moms would have had offered to them as advice.1, 5

 

Debate on Pre-Pregnancy Health

The Tale: If you were unfit before, trying to be healthy because you want to be pregnant won’t help.

The Pro Tip: There is no such thing as ‘being too late to be healthy’. Choosing to be healthy and sticking with it is better than doing nothing. While you want to do your best, you do not have to go as far as avoiding anything processed or limit yourself to expensive ‘organic’ labeled foods. Focus on meeting your individual dietary needs and aim to eat at least 4 servings of vegetables and 2 to 4 servings of fruit each day.3

 

Packing on the Pounds

The Tale: Every woman has to gain weight during her pregnancy because she needs energy for two.

The Pro Tip: The ideal weight for an expecting mother has developed overtime as our knowledge of health evolves. How much weight a woman has to gain all depends on her starting weight before pregnancy. This is because an expecting mother can become easily overweight by attempting to eat for two. Also, with the fact that many may struggle with losing their pregnancy weight gain, which increases their risk for obesity. Please check with your preferred medical professional about your ideal weight gain during pregnancy.1, 2

 

Eat Smart, Not Necessarily More

The Tale: Food is food! It is normal to crave, so long as I don’t eat too much!

The Pro Tip: The thing is, most people do not know that they are consuming way more than they think they are. And even if they are eating till, they are stuffed, the food choices can still be nutritionally poor. You shoot for the best and hope your body will magically pull the nutrients it needs for the pregnancy and you. Yes, you can still have coffee, but limit it to 2 or 3 cups of coffee (≌ 300mg of caffeine).4 Too much caffeine can cause increased anxiousness and sleep deprivation, additional added stress a pregnant mother does not need. The main focus of calories should come from whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats to not cause too much weight gain. The most important nutrients a pregnant person should get enough are folic acid, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium and Vitamin D to help control weight, support bone health, and heart health.4

 

Try your best to support yourself and the pregnancy is a good start. For extra help, even garner the help of your loved ones to help you plan, to limit your empty-calorie foods and swap out for healthy options when cravings occur. What diet you should follow all depends on your starting health and so as long as you get your daily nutrients, you should be fine. Even if you feel your nutritional vigilance is not quite enough yet, Similac Mum can help. It is a scientifically formulated to help support the nutritional needs of pregnant and breastfeeding mums without causing excessive weight gain. ^ Also contains 27 essential vitamins and minerals, of which prebiotics scFOS helps support bowel regularity, while the Zinc, Vitamin C, D (to help support calcium absorption), E, and Selenium aids in supporting the immune system and bone health.^

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References:

  1. https://simmom.in/pregnancy-tips/common-myths-and-facts-about-nutrition
  2. https://baptisthealth.net/baptist-health-news/advice-about-eating-healthy-when-expecting-a-baby/
  3. https://www.kimscuddles.com/pregnancy-myths-nutrition-facts/
  4. https://www.eatlove.is/blog/pregnancy-myths
  5. https://similacmyanmar.com/available-products/#similacMum

^    Huynh DTT, Tran NT, Nguyen LT, Berde Y, Low YL.

Additional References;

  1. https://similacmyanmar.com/mm/product-trial/
  2. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/pregnancy-and-fish/art-20044185

Health Choice & Cravings

Health Choice & Cravings during Pregnancy & Breastfeeding 

It is quite a common phenomenon for mums to have cravings during pregnancy and breastfeeding stages. Mothers should not feel guilty of having such behaviors as the body is trying to expend energy for more than one person. Common cravings go for food rich in protein, fats, and calcium. It is sort of a natural instinct for the body to want things that support growth, but most times, those snacks are in unhealthy formats. Since snacks can make up to 25% of your caloric intake in a day, it is important to plan ahead so that they are actually nutritious and filling. Today, let us look at a couple of helpful tips to make better pregnancy and breastfeeding meal plan snacking choices.1, 3, 4

  • Eat nutritionally dense mains: the more filling and satisfying your main breakfast, lunch, and dinner are, the less cravings you will have in between.1, 2, 3
  • Five food groups to remember: Whole grains for fiber and carbs, vegetables for vitamins, Fruits for antioxidants, dairy for fats and calcium, and Protein as an energy source. At least include 2 food groups in every meal. This is important as a well rounded diet provides a better ability for thriving.1, 2, 3
  • Car, purse or fridge: Whole wheat crackers in portions, whole fruits to prevent spoilage, low-fat yogurt, low fat cheese, or nuts. Only bring perishables once you leave the house, don’t leave them in hot cars. Portioning out food will prevent cravings and overeating. Have pre-made shakes of fresh fruits or nutritional supplements (eg. Similac MUM powder can be pre prepared and chilled) if time and location are restricted.1, 2, 3, 4
  • Plain Water on Hand: Remind yourself to stay hydrated often. Water improves digestion and the forming amniotic fluids. A well hydrated body functions better and drinking water when stress appeases it faster. It is recommended to consume about 10 of 237ml glasses of water a day.1, 2, 3

Other ways to Make healthy food the convenient choice

It may take some time to get used to one making better choices, but those choices benefit not only you the mother, but for your child most importantly. Take about one day a week to plan out days for easy assembly eats, which fruits to pre-cut, when to shop for vegetables to ensure freshness, and storage to reduce spoilage. Always pick the healthy alternatives when eating out. No matter how good those fried food platters look, go for the tomato or papaya salad. Things to avoid are undercooked meats, some cheese (which type depends on your Obstetrician), uncooked sprouts, and herbal teas (talk to your Obstetrician of which ones are safe for you).2, 3

If you are unsure if certain drinks or foods are not suitable for you, you can always consume specialized nutritional supplements for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. According to findings in a Malaysian Recommended Nutrient intake study, Similac MUM is recommended as its scientific formulation provides an efficient amount of Vitamin E & Lutein, DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid, for supporting brain health) and is low fat to top off where nutrition is missing with regular food.1, 3, 4

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Reference(s):

  1. https://abbottfamily.com.sg/articles/nutrition/choice#
  2. https://www.webmd.com/baby/features/coping-with-pregnancy-food-cravings#1
  3. Huynh DTT et al. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2017 May 7: 1-9 – https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14767058.2017.1320984
  4. https://abbottnutrition.com.my/products/similac-mom

Losing Weight After Pregnancy

Losing Weight After Pregnancy

It is natural for a mother to want to get back her pre pregnancy body or even to improve on it. Be it for losing weight, confidence, or personal health reasons, it is crucial that postpartum weight loss is gradual and should concentrate more on resilience. Here are a few thoughts and planning to keep in mind when getting back into shape.1, 4

Be Realistic with Yourself

With social media dictating an ideal, it may be difficult for a mother to accept her own body. Biological changes during pregnancy will last well into six weeks after birth, so be patient and have reasonable expectations. Aim first for health and consider losing weight as the bonus. Abrupt weight loss can trigger nutritional (eg. Docosahexaenoic (DHA), vitamin B, D, Choline, calcium) deficiencies and those deficiencies can affect the quality of breastmilk.1, 2, 3, 4

Timing and Planning are Important

The aim is to adequately keep the body replenished and have a chance to repair itself. Dedicated day of the week to plan your meals, shopping, and workout sessions. As for workouts, start slow with low impact exercise like power walking and belly muscle routines. As always, get medical direction before starting on a program to prevent potential side effects.1, 2, 4

Consistency is the play of the game

Consistency is what will get you back to your pre-pregnancy body more efficiently. Of the specific suggestions after delivery, aim for 30 minutes of exercise per session three times a week of the listed suggestions below. Do not work out more than your body can normally take. Add 5 to 10 minutes of light stretches to warm up. Cool down after workouts with plenty of hydration and nutrient dense fruit to prevent muscle aches and fatigue.1, 2, 4

First 6 weeks after delivery: Light walking, Abdominal Contraction exercises, or Kegel exercise

The next 6 weeks: Power walking, Aqua aerobics, Pilates or Yoga, or Abdominal Curl-Ups (half sit ups with arms across the front)

Remaining months within the year after delivery: Moderate to high impact aerobics, Jogging and Running

Postpartum recovery is as important as taking care of oneself during it. Restrictive diets are more harmful than the results promised so make necessary adjustments to suit your unique needs. Never forget about proper nutrition in bouncing back, but if you ever need a little help, Similac MUM, a maternal milk scientifically formulated for pregnancy and postpartum, can help. Enriched with DHA, vitamin B, D, Choline, calcium, it gives your child a head start before and after birth, while keeping you the mother well-nourished as well. With enough determination, slowly but surely you will get back in shape.1, 3, 4

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References:

  1. https://abbottfamily.com.sg/articles/nutrition/losing-weight-after-pregnancy#
  2. https://www.crystalkarges.com/blog/how-nutrition-can-help-you-combat-postpartum-depression
  3. https://abbottfamily.com.sg/products/page/similac-mum
  4. Huynh DTT et al. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2017 May 7: 1-9 – https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14767058.2017.1320984

Folic Acid Benefits Women at All Stages of Life

Folic Acid Benefits Women at All Stages of Life

 

For new mothers, eating well and taking folic acid is important. Folic acid is important for women at any point of their lives, but especially important pregnancy is part of the life plan. Folic Acid plays a vital role in preventing neural tube defects of the fetus and should be taken before and during pregnancy. With it well incorporated into a mother-to-be diet, her body can produce and maintain beneficial cells in the body. But what is folic acid? Here are some explanations for some of the most common questions about folic acid.

 

Folic Acid vs. Folate

Both are forms of Vitamin B9, however Folic Acid is man-made and Folate Acid occurs naturally in the foods we eat. Folic acid, a synthetic form of folate, is converted to an active usable form in the body. Folic Acid is added to supplements and foods to fortify them. It is commonly added to rice, pasta, bread and cereals. Folate is naturally found in whole foods that were not highly processed such as leafy greens, vegetables, fruits and fresh beans.

 

How is it beneficial to Women?

Pregnancy aside, adequate folate in your diet is important. It plays a pivotal role in tissue growth and cell function, and it works together with vitamin B12, B6, and vitamin C to break down and create new proteins. Cellular regeneration is an ongoing process in the body and everything your body does requires protein and DNA production. A diet that would be considered healthy that is also rich in folate should have asparagus, leafy greens, avocado, fortified pasta or cereal, and eggs. Where immunity and gut health is concerned, folate plays an important role and also can prevent some forms of anemia. In certain instances, folate may play a role in reducing the side effects of menopause. In a Western Medicine study Journal of Caring Sciences, menopausal women who were supplemented 1 milligram of folic acid daily saw decreases in the severity, duration and frequency of their hot flashes.

 

How Much Do Women Need?

The US Recommended Dietary Allowance of folic acid for adult women is 400 micrograms (mcg) daily. It can go up to as much as 600 mcg during pregnancy and back down to 500 during lactation. Women who have had a history of neural tube defects should consume even more folic acid. The National Institutes of Health recommends women who have such a history to consume between 4,000 and 5,000 mcg of a folate supplement each day, at least one month before planning a pregnancy. Continue this regime through the first three months of pregnancy to reduce the chances of pregnancy risks.

 

Adding it to Your Diet

The most recommended way to get the amount needed is through a balanced diet. But it is common for most women to take supplements to ensure adequacy. Before taking any supplements, be sure to talk to your Healthcare Professional to determine what is right for you. Fortunately, tasty food sources of folate are easily accessible in modern day and are right at your fingertips. It is in many fruits and vegetables.


Important Nutrients for Postpartum Recovery

5 Important Nutrients for Postpartum Recovery

In Myanmar where culture is very family oriented, a mother in postpartum recovery is the concern of the whole family. Everyone inputs what they think is the best for the mother, but all do agree that it is important that mothers get healthy nutrition to aid in their recovery after delivery. While there are many myths and interpretations about postpartum diets, it is crucial that there is a healthy balance of these five nutrients for optimal recovery. Before subscribing to a certain type of diet, it is important to consult a Medical Professional in that area to see if it is suitable for you.

 

IRON

Blood loss is a common occurrence during delivery and for mothers who bleed more than usual, may feel faint, shortness of breath and loss of appetite. This is because through bleeding, the body is losing iron and the mother may have an iron deficiency to begin with. If the bleeding after delivery does not stop, it is a condition known as lochia. In such times, iron is crucial in order for the body to make new blood cells for the ones lost. Supplying a postpartum recovering mother with iron-rich foods like lean meats, liver, clams, oysters, fortified cereal and green leafy vegetables is recommended. As Myanmar women tend to practice religious food observances during crucial points of their lives, if going vegetarian, under your doctor’s advice, you may take iron supplements to fill in what you are missing from non veg food items. To increase iron absorption, postpartum mothers can either eat more vitamin c rich foods or take vitamin c supplements. Though in Asian tradition, ‘tea’ may be considered the universal cure for anything, please avoid drinking excessive black tea as the tannic acid in tea may decrease the absorption of iron.

 

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is essentially crucial for development of healthy nerve tissues, stimulating brain functions, and proper blood cell production. Because mothers with Vitamin B12 deficiency are prone to anemia, it is recommended that they eat plenty of clams, tuna, liver, beef and salmon, pretty much any animal product. If a mother does not much prefer eating meats or seafood, she can look for fortified cereals and dairy products that contain vitamin B12. A vitamin supplement can be added to the diet if the mother has vegan dietary needs or if there is difficulty in consuming meat and most vegetables.

 

DHA

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an Omega-3 fatty acid, through supplementary foods is essential because a human body alone does not produce enough of it. DHA is one of the main components of brain tissue. Besides helping reduce inflammation, it can also help reduce the risk of postpartum depression. DHA alone may not be able to provide full coverage on preventing postpartum depression; having higher levels can help regulate it because the part it plays in serotonin production. Food items like Salmon, sardines, fortified eggs and certain dairy are known to be rich in DHA. A mother also has the option to use the aid of DHA supplements, but only after the guidance of a Medical Professional.

 

CHOLINE

Choline, a form of vitamin B that is not commonly mentioned when it comes to postpartum recovery diet, but actually is very much needed. It supports many bodily functions and for the overall health of a mother. A mother’s body makes this vitamin, but needs to incorporate food such as eggs, quinoa and organ meats like liver into postpartum meals to get adequate amounts. Choline helps ease the symptoms of decreased focus and memory loss after delivery.

 

Vitamin D

Vitamin D supports a mother’s general immune system, reduces her risk of postpartum depression and alleviates anxiety. While just by being out in the sun allows your body to produce Vitamin D, opportunity to do so may be lacking sometimes. The body actually needs that extra boost of Vitamin D because it does not produce enough at the rate it needs, especially if a mother is going to be indoors most of the time. Fatty fishes like salmon and tuna, fortified dairy, eggs and orange juice are great sources of Vitamin D. A healthy diet and good nutrition is not only important during pregnancy, it is also important postpartum because it helps the body to heal.

 

Reference(s):

  1. https://abbottfamily.com.sg/articles/nutrition/important-nutrients#

Boosting Children’s Memory Skills

Boosting Children’s Memory Skills – Similac Gain IQ

As there are many ways to teach, not every child learns the same way. It all depends on the nature of themselves and the nurture of the environment. For the nurture aspect, nutrition for the brain has an important role in improving memory retention. Today we will explore a child learning style and how you as a parent can provide support with both nurture and nutrition (eg. Similac Gain IQ) to improve their memory skills.1

 

Visual Learning: Teach with shapes, colors, and compositions

If you have ever wondered why many popular children’s cartoons are always wild with extreme shapes and comical shapes, it is because they have lasting impressions. Children recall things better with more details from pictures than through verbal reminders. If you showed your child a photo of a tiger, they would remember it more versus if you had only just verbally described it.1

 

Keep it simple and have patience explaining

Children may choose not to participate if they feel it is too difficult to understand. Unless there is an incentive, they will not be motivated. Simplicity is best in their early years. It is all about interaction and while you teach, share their excitement. When they are happy, they may even share their experiences with their friends and it is a given that the more sociable and confident a child is, the better they are motivated to learn.1

 

Write it down, the next step

To keep track of what works and what needs improvement, keep a record of it. This is not only for the parent, but for the child too. Some children will most likely recall facts and figures if their literacy is exercised at the same time. Even for adults, writing things down helps us put our thoughts into order and have a better recall.1

 

Don’t Forget about Nutrition

For brain nutrients, Omega-3 Fatty Acid and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) are key. Both benefit a child’s cognitive function by increasing blood flow during mental challenges. Found in most fish, nuts, and natural oils, make sure to include a variety of them in your child’s diet. Natural Vitamin E works together with Lutein (a nutrient that reduces inflammation) to protect DHA from breaking down too quickly. Both are found in many dark green leafy vegetables, eggs, and some fruits, keeping your child’s food colorful will have its benefits.2, 3

 

Cultivate learning styles and anticipate changes as they experience new things. Sourcing the best quality nutrients is a priority, but getting your child to eat it is another level of difficulty. Similac Gain IQ is growing up milk for 2 years and above children. Nutrients contained in Similac Gain IQ are 2’-FL HMO & Nucleotides which can support immunity4 and 10 Key Brain Nutrients for faster learning3, 5. A unique combination of Lutein, DHA & RRR Natural Vitamin E, Protein, Calcium, Vitamin K and D supports learning ability while keeping bone and teeth strong. With no palm oil in the formulation, a unique blend of vegetable fat is used for better nutrient delivery and absorption while going easy on the tummy for softer stool.6, 7

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Reference:

  1. https://abbottfamily.com.sg/articles/pre-school/memory-skills#
  2. https://abbottfamily.com.sg/articles/toddler/five-nutrients-for-your-brain
  3. https://www.abbottfamily.com.kh/product-detail/18
  4. Buck R. et al. 2004, Schaller et al 2004
  5. Based on parental responses in a consumer perception study conducted among 300 Phillipino mothers with children 36 months and older
  6. Lasekan et al. (2017) – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5475287/
  7. De Souza et al. (2017) – https://wires.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/wcs.1398

How to help Nurture Your Child’s Curiosity

How to help Nurture Your Child’s Curiosity

The best way to develop your child’s love for learning is to nurture their curiosity. Children’s natural curiosity must be patiently entertained by parents to steer their minds in the right direction. The least thing a parent should do is to ignore their eager questions and instead encourage their fascination and pave way for the discovery of the world around them. The innate sense of curiosity helps your kid grow into well-adapted individuals. Here are ways you can use to help nurture your child’s curiosity.1

 Giving positive reinforcement

For a child, there is no greater satisfaction when who they love and respect share the same positivity and excitement they have when they have made a discovery. Just a simple nod, praise, or small reward of approval is enough to give them the confidence to continue their curiosity exploration.

Learning styles differ!

Just like adults have different levels of intelligence or remembering things, children do too. Just because your kid does not do as well in a certain subject as your neighbor’s kid or patience to help you with tasks as much as your In-law’s children, understanding your child’s temperament is key. It will help you to better facilitate your child’s learning journey. Some children love the outdoors and going off on adventurous explorations in all the dirt and mud, smell, and taste of their surroundings. While if your child is more reserved, they would much prefer a good story book, cartoons, and toys from the fictional universe.

Work closely with the school teachers

When school is in, it is where your child will be spending eight hours of their life there, working with their teachers will help too. Study their lesson plans, programs, activities, and get involved in some of them when opportunity presents itself may have better outcomes in their learning. Invest more in the value of creative outlets for kids, rather than focus on academic achievements alone.

Reference(s):

  1. https://abbottfamily.com.sg/articles/pre-school/love-learning#