I don’t know about you but eating fish is not something we do often at my house. Yes, I’ve heard of the benefits before but we just don’t like it. The texture, the smell… it’s just not for me.
If you have a kitchen full of tilapia and tuna though, you are doing yourself and your kids a big favor.
New research from the University of Pennsylvania has liked together for the first time, the correlation between fish consumption, better sleep and higher IQ’s.
“Children who eat fish at least once a week sleep better and have IQ scores that are 4 points higher, on average, than those who consume fish less frequently or not at all.”
The good part is that these kids weren’t eating fish every day or even every other day. It was only once a week. Just getting fish into your diet for one dinner a week will have huge benefits.
Not sure how to get your kids to eat their fish? The professor of epidemiology at Penn Medicine says the key is introducing it early. Since kids are sensitive to smell, and fish is so smelly, if they aren’t used to it from early on, they will shy away from it later. They suggest around the age of 10 months as long as the fish is cut small and has no bones.
Kids older like mine? Here are a few tips for getting your kiddos to eat fish without bribery.
Looking for more tips on kids sleep? I’ve got plenty right here. And a whole Pinterest board just for helping kids sleep.
Liz is a just a mom trying to keep it real about how little she sleeps, how often she gets puked on and how much she loves them. You can find her here every day writing about real-mom moments.