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Give Your Children That Competitive Edge

In preparation for school we have all been super busy but finally the children are back, yaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy.  Now they have a full set of uniform and stationary.  But, have you considered everything???

Breakfast Foods

Depending on the type of breakfast your children are eating you might be making their time at school more difficult without realising.  Certain types of breakfast are full of sugars which are easy to digest allowing for quick release energy.  All well and good to get them out of the house and to school but then it results in a lull in energy levels which can make it harder to concentrate in class.  Oats are a great way to give children a nutritious breakfast with slow release energy.  I know some of you are thinking is she insane my child won’t eat that – not to worry I have a solution.  I found that creating smoothies that have oats hidden within can be the perfect solution and provide children with energy and vitamins to keep their brains functioning until snack time / lunch time.

Banana, Strawberry and Oat Smoothie

Fish Oils

Fish oils are great for children.  We take a multivitamin that contains fish oils and it is really easy to get the little ones to eat. Fish oils are important in their diet as it helps promote healthy brain function and can also help attention span and behaviour.

Medicines and Treatments

If your child suffers from conditions such as eczema or psoriasis you will need to make sure you have their treatments readily available especially if they have a severe form as these can serve as a distraction.  In some cases I have known of parents leaving a pot / tube at school for teachers to apply or the children to apply themselves.  I like using natural products where possible so those with children with these conditions might like to read my Pure Potions post.  Pure Potions have some wonderful natural products which are becoming more and more popular as more people try them.  If children are not worried about skin conditions or distracted by itchiness they will perform better.

Now during the last school year we had a headlice infestation at school it was awful so I am prepared and have my Vosene Kids Anti Head Lice shampoo at the ready!!!!  I am not going through that again – I learnt my lesson that’s for sure.

I have got plenty of stock in to keep those little nasties away.

Here is Mr Squishy “helping” mummy show you some of our bottles (yes I have stock in my cupboards I like to buy in bulk).  As you can see this boy is like a giant maggot and can’t keep still.

And this is why they say not to work with animals or children.  Fortunately my little chimp finally decided to sit down so I propped the products I wanted to show you all on his lap and managed to get a picture that wasn’t blurred.


When is it the right time to find tutors?  Well to be honest as early as possible from around year 1.  With the limited space availability in some of the selective schools you need to get that extra ground covered.  That’s provided of course you want your child in one of these schools to begin with.  Be selective when choosing your tutor and go via recommendations where you can.

What tips would you give to get that competitive edge?

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This Post Has 36 Comments

  1. Haha I love that you included the photos of you trying to get that perfect picture from your little man!! 🙂

    1. I thought I should share as If you don’t have or work with children it looks so easy. It can take forever and the pictures can be hilarious.

  2. We have that Vosene shampoo, it’s the only thing we’ve found that works.

    1. Vosene kids products are great I have a shelf full of them.

  3. I’ve started thinking about the competitive edge I should give to my son. This is a really inspirational post, and a great evening read.
    Getting pictures with kids is so hard!

    1. Lol tell me about it. Mine seem to be unable to keep still.

  4. The smoothie tips is super idea to be hiding “stuff” in it!😂 As long as its not green! I have a all eater (most of the time) and every
    morning she share a bowl of oatmeal with fruits and nuts sitting on her dads lap before he goes to work.

    1. That’s great that she eats oats. Not all children will unless they are hidden.

  5. I would definitely be giving Mia fruit smoothies when she’s older as it’s a great way of getting in the dive a day. I’ve never really thought about this as she’s so little but it’s interesting to read and think about x

    1. It’s interesting to see as they children grow how on the ball some mums are. They are great at watching what their children eat to ensure they stay healthy and do well at school.

  6. Your little one is so adorable! I totally get the head lice concern my little niece got it a couple years ago and they were a nightmare! My cousin was frantically trying to get it under control and now she always has everything for it at hand!!

    1. It isn’t a fun thing to try and get rid of. I think it’s best to be prepared.

  7. I struggle with Pickle having a healthy breakfast at the moment. He eats a lot of fruit though. Kaz

    1. It’s great he eats plenty of fruit. Why not try making this smoothie from the sound of it he would love it.

  8. The smoothie tip is a great idea! I might have to make some for my little ones x

    1. I hope they love it too.

  9. This is a great post! Its so true what you say about the sugar level, I used to always eat chocolate cereal and had tons of energy but so hard to concentrate! haha

    1. That’s due to the drop in blood glucose levels after the sugar rush. It can really impact concentration ability.

  10. I suffer from eczema. Badly. Thank you for introducing me to Pure Potions. I’ll have to see if it’s available in South Africa.

    1. I’m not sure if they are yet but it’s worth checking.

  11. breakfast is so important. my three are good and always eat a decent breakfast including porridge in the colder months

    1. That’s great to hear. It will help them at school by doing that too.

  12. I have my kids take fish oil a few times a week for the exact same thing. I really want them to be able to think straight and have their DHAs so they can perform better.

    1. It’s good to know you are doing the same. I think it is important to spread the word to help other children 😉

  13. Great post! My two have been having fruit or green smoothies since they were tiny and I defineitly can tell the rare when they’ve stayed out and had a sugary cereal.

    1. That’s great to hear. They must get plenty of vitamin and minerals then.

  14. Loved the pic of your son! 🙂 The smoothie idea is super I think, well done 🙂

    1. Glad you liked it. I think many don’t even consider this as a way of helping their children.

  15. A perfect guide for someone to help their children as best as possible. I saw kids on the train eating chocolate for breakfast recently! 🙁

    1. Oh dear. Not the best thing to eat for chocolate.

  16. I love the ideas of smoothies, it is such an easy way to get a lot of fruits and vegetables in children without them even realizing it!

    1. It sure is. I think starting them young is really important too.

  17. My youngest suffers from eczema and it’s really important for us to keep on top of that and make sure it’s under control each day. We also use the vosene range!

    1. It can be hard for children to concentrate in class when they have conditions like eczema.

  18. I am a big believer, what you put in you put out. So if you put good energy (Food) you release good energy. I know some parents find it easy to have over a sugary breakfast treats, but as you have pointed out, it can leave our children crashing mid morning, halfway through school. I always give my daughter toast and porridge, and I had a few fruits and she is buzzing to go preschool.

    1. It’s great to hear that you are on top of it and controlling her food to ensure she does well and feels great too of course.

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