Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Milestones and the Importance of Age-Appropriate Milk in Pre-School Children

The very first thing that a parent worries about once his or her child goes to school for the first time would be: “Is my child ready?” Nowadays, children as young as 2 or 3 years of age goes to pre-school for play time and to be able to mingle with kids their own age. It is the most interesting stage where our kids will gain their foundation towards good learning and camaraderie. But at the same time, it is also the period in which they encounter the most mishap or accidents. The 3-4-5 pre-school stage is said to be the most vital years of developmental milestones of a child. 

This is also the crucial period when every moment becomes photo images of discovery. I would love to call these as ‘camera moments’, when you’d always want to be with them and support them in every endeavor or activity that they take interested with. Most psychologists also call it the ‘learning curve’. I remember seeing Kyle when he first held a crayon over his stubby little fingers, he was in such a great awe and I felt so proud seeing his very first drawing using such crayons. It is through these very moments that they build their confidence and boosts their own self-esteem. Developmental milestones such as these are essential. Thus, proper nutrition and guidance are very much needed.

The school is a ‘new world’ for each child—a new environment that he or she can explore, try new stuff, test his or her limits and gain new friends. It is best that they’re equipped with nutrients to fully support their brain and body development so that they can do all these things.

Proper diet enhanced by drinking milk ilk is most appropriate for their age because it will help them cope, adjust and succeed in that unfamiliar and exciting setting,” said resident nutritionist and dietician for Alaska Nutribuild 345, Tifanny Anne Santuyo.
As parents, we’re naturally anxious to keep tabs on our child’s activities. We need to shower our kids with encouragement and affection as well as positive kind words as we show them our love. 

Pre-school children are naturally choosy when it comes to their food preferences. I remember Kyle’s pre-school days when he wanted nothing but ‘fried chicken’. I really had to do something creative just so he won’t stick to his ‘fried chicken diet’. I know pretty much that growing children needs milk along with proper balanced diet (which means nutritious meals) to help them stay active, energetic and alert. As parents, we should be wary of what our kids eat. Sadly, some moms find themselves giving in to what the child wants without considering its nutritional value. I don’t mean that we force our kids to eat up their meals although we all get frustrated sometimes with picky eaters. Moms may actually give in to the child’s preference while providing the nutrients they need for optimum development.  Simply remember that the more varied and nutritious the food items are, the more that they are enabling their child to absorb nutrients needed to get them ready for school,” quipped Santuyo.

“In a mommy’s search for an answer, the best indicator is the child him/herself. Look no further. Milestones become successes when mommies teach by example, because pre-school children mirror what they see. Preparing nutritious meals supplemented by milk that is best for their age, and showing them the right way to eat to avoid misconceptions about food, are some of the healthiest ways the best mothers practice in preparation for the first school years in their child’s life. 

Age appropriate nourishment is the main focus of Alaska NutriBuild 345. A nutrient-rich milk formula packed with essential nutrients made specifically with those pre-school age children in mind, it is a particular growing-up milk that helps and supports mental and physical needs of children as they go through the four major developmental milestones: physical, lingual, intellectual and emotional (socio-spiritual) components. 

“Following a breakfast of fruit like papaya and a glass of the right milk, a baon of mini pizza slices for the little one’s school snack would make them anticipate the next meal too.  A robust helping of lunch like two pieces of meat and half cup of vegetables in pork sinigang, and a piece of fish fillet with another glass the right milk for dinner, is a good example of balancing their nutritional requirements,” concluded children’s nutrition expert, Santuyo.

With a reputable trademark to maintain, Alaska Nutribuild 345 establishes new parameters in milk formulas for children at ages 3,4, & 5. It is enriched with brain and body builder: the right mix of iron+zinc+iodine which supports development of brain functions, enhances immunity and promotes growth; choline that helps in the development of cognitive and memory functions; and DHA/ARA that supports healthy vision and cognitive development. Partnered with a balanced diet and a healthy dose of physical activity, Alaska Nutribuild 345 helps maintain brain and body development during the pre-school stage, to unlock their potential at an early age.

When it comes to children, the oft-heard statement “Mother knows best!” is a matter of fact. As their child turns the corner towards formal learning and education, there can only be triumphs and victories, because Ang milestones kayang ma-achieve, as Alaska Nutribuild 345 advocates.  By combining proper nutrition with the right milk formula for ages 3,4&5, mommies are assured that their children are ready to transform their nerves into sweeping verbs, in the “big time” environment of pre-school.

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