It’s the start of another school year and for some parents, getting the kids out the door on time with their teeth brushed and lunches packed is only one of many school-related headaches.

It also can be a challenge to get your little one or teen to eat some breakfast.

Maybe he or she is feeling rushed. Often your child is just too sleepy to feel all that hungry. If your student is a teenager who’s started to worry about appearances, perhaps she thinks (incorrectly) that she will maintain or lose weight by forgoing that plate of eggs.

For whatever reason, studies show more than 10 percent of schoolchildren regularly skip breakfast. And it gets worse as they grow older; according to the American Dietetic Association, more than two-thirds of teenage girls and half of teenage boys head to class on an empty stomach.

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