Childhood is the peak of body growth and development because it requires a good environment to support the process. One of the factors that influence a child’s growth is nutrients obtained from foods eaten by children. There are no nutrients that can work alone to maximize children’s growth, all have their respective roles. So, children need various kinds of nutrients so that the growth process can run normally and quickly.
Actually, what nutrients do children need to grow normally and so that their growth can reach a maximum peak?
1. Calcium, an important substance for bone health
Calcium is a mineral that can help bones grow optimally and give density, so it is not easily porous. Not only is it needed by bones, but calcium is also needed for heart function, blood clotting, and muscle function, although in fairly small amounts.
Basically, when the body lacks calcium, calcium reserves in the bones will be taken to replace the deficiencies. Because the main function of calcium is to solidify and strengthen bones, calcium deficiency can lead to osteoporosis later on.
The main source of calcium is all milk products. Calcium needs depend on the age of the child, according to the Ministry of Health are:
Ages 0-6 months: 200 mg / day
Age of 7-11 months: 250 mg / day
Ages 1-9 years: 500 mg / day
Age 10-18 years: 1200 mg / day
2. Vitamin D helps the absorption of calcium in the body
Vitamin D plays a role in the absorption of calcium that is in food, then with calcium makes bones stronger. Vitamin D is found in various kinds of dairy products, as well as sun exposure. Vitamin D needed by children is:
Age 0-11 months: 5 mg / day
Age 1-18 years: 15 mg / day
For many people, educating the child is getting them into school. Good education means entering children into good schools, known as favorite schools. So, parents are willing to send their children to another place, so that they get a good education, aka get a good school.
Is that a bad choice? Not. It’s just that it raises questions about the responsibility of children’s education. When our children leave it to others, what is our role as parents in their education?
Children’s education is the responsibility of parents. I don’t think anyone denies this view. Then, what is the role of the school? Schools, for me, are only institutions that help every parent in educating children. The role of parents remains the main. Do not turn it upside down, as if the school holds the main role, so parents can get their hands off when they enter the child into school.
That is, if there is no good school, or the school is not satisfactory, parents actually have to fill that gap with their role. With that principle, there are a number of parents who choose not to send their children to formal school, just to go to school by means of homeschooling.
I did not go through homeschooling but put myself in the lead role in children’s education. In terms of academic lessons, I was directly involved in teaching my children the various lessons they received at school. I help children to understand better when they are still having trouble understanding the material taught in school. There is a part that I straighten out when the concept taught by the teachers, in my opinion, is wrong. There is also a section that I added, to enrich the material that has been taught.
That is what parents must do. If the …