How to avoid the ‘after-school grumps’

When a new school term starts, the children are quickly back into the swing of long days of learning, burning through their energy reserves with gusto. All without your watchful eye on their blood-sugar levels and ability to focus. More often than we’d like, our children come home from school on their last legs. The whining starts at pick-up, and carries on right through ‘til tea, with repeated requests for sugary treats…

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Can your child focus after lunch?

It’s 2pm on a regular school day, and your child is part-way through a numeracy class. They had sandwiches, crisps, and a yoghurt at 12pm… But now it’s time to concentrate (on times tables) and they’re losing focus. Another 20 minutes and they’ll have stopped paying attention to the teacher. And by 3:20pm, chances are they’ll be cranky and starting to act up. The culprit? It could be the contents of their lunch box.

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