1st Skill of Christmas: Breakfast

We’re kickstarting the Kings Tutors 12 Skills of Christmas in exactly the same way we recommend that all children and teenagers start their day – BREAKFAST.

Yes, you may have repeatedly heard that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’, but is it really a skill? Ask any parent who struggles to get their child(ren) to sit down to a nutritious meal in the morning; we trust you’ll find your answer.

Breakfast positively affects learning in children in so many ways: behaviour, concentration, cognitive development and school performance. Whether your child is at school or in tuition, completing homework or taking exams, breakfast can really enhance the result.

We caught up with the wonderful Camilla Barnard, co-founder of breakfast pioneers Rude Health to find out how parents can encourage this skill (and why she recommends our GCSE Chemistry course)…

 Camilla Barnard

Why is breakfast so important for children and teenagers?

As the saying goes, “Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper.” It’s the meal that sets you up for the day. For teenagers and kids, it sets them up for the part of the day when they are using their brains. It’s obvious that our bodies need food to work, but our brains need food too.


How can parents encourage children to have breakfast? 

Make sure it gets the time it deserves. Mornings are a rush and breakfast time tends to get squeezed. If you shift the way you think about breakfast so that it’s as important as lunch or dinner, it’s easier to rustle up the determination to drag everyone out of bed in time to sit round a table and eat. It only takes a few minutes to eat a warming bowl of porridge or drink a smoothie. The social element of eating together is as valuable as the actual eating - even when nobody speaks! 

 childrens breakfast learning

Rude Health Fruity Bircher


How can you make breakfast special over Christmas?

Blinis are brilliant - plus they freeze, so it’s worth making a big batch. On Christmas Day break out the smoked salmon and crème fraiche for a morning feast!


What is your favourite breakfast?

As winter sets in, I go for 5 Grain 5 Seed Porridge with banana, maple syrup and pecans. My summer favourite is Ultimate Granola with yoghurt and berries.

children breakfast learning     

Rude Health Honey Spelt Puffs


Which Kings Tutors Club course would you choose this Christmas?

GCSE Chemistry without a doubt. It could provide great ideas for new Rude Health recipes!


To find out how Kings Tutors can support your child's education, visit our full website here.

To explore all upcoming Kings Tutors Club courses, click here.