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June 5, 2009 at 12:24 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

5 Steps to Keep Your Kids Healthy and Focused in College

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This six-part series will focus on our kids keeping healthy and staying focused in college. The individual topics will include getting a good night's sleep, eating a healthy breakfast, taking a daily vitamin, eating a good, nutritious lunch, and finishing homework before they go out.

New challenges

College will present new challenges for your kids such as:

  • Independence
  • Demanding school work
  • No attendance policy
  • Sharing their space with others
  • Cultural diversity 
  • Financial and application paperwork
  • Transportation
  • Fatigue
  • Homesickness
  • Stress
  • No parental oversight
  • Being treated as a young adult for the first time

The Alarming Statistics

A 1998 ACT study reveals that 25% of four-year college students drop out, and only half of the students graduate within five years at a four-year college. Many of these students simply went to college unprepared, so it's important to give your kids the tools necessary for success.

Some Helpful Hints

Here are some suggestions to share with your kids before they leave for college:

  1. Maintain a daily planner. This will help your kids be able to schedule classes, special events, and homework due dates. Organization is needed for a successful college experience.
  2. Get a good night's sleep.
  3. Research. It's important for your kids to know what courses are needed and start the scheduling process as soon as possible.
  4. Eat a healthy breakfast.
  5. Don't schedule back-to-back classes. Remind your kids it's important to have study time before class. They'll appreciate their decision when finals come.
  6. Take a multi vitamin daily.
  7. Routine. Put aside the needed study time. It's estimated for every one hour in class, three hours of study time is needed.
  8. Eat a nutritious lunch.
  9. Finish homework early.
  10. Focus. If your kids have trouble focusing, they may need some assistance. These suggestions will help your kids stay healthy and focused in college, but they may also benefit from an all-natural supplement that's designed to sharpen mental focus safely and effectively.


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