In the midst of a severe financial crisis, many children are getting out of school, in many cases because their parents can’t afford to pay for them.
But with new federal rules requiring parents to have health insurance, some parents may not be able to afford to get their kids to school in the first place.
Child poverty education programs are a key tool in the fight against child poverty.
Here’s how to get children out of low-income families.
Start by taking care of yourself First, find ways to be healthier.
A diet with lots of fruits and vegetables can help prevent the type of sugar and fat that causes obesity and other health problems, says Susan Coyle, a professor at University of Maryland who has studied nutrition in developing countries.
You might want to eat more fruits and veggies, reduce your consumption of saturated fats and added sugars and eat fewer processed foods.
Talk to your child about ways to stay active.
For example, get a healthy exercise routine, which includes regular walking and jogging or swimming or cycling at least 20 minutes each day.
Talk with your child if you feel stressed or discouraged.
You may have a hard time adjusting to the changes and might need some encouragement to keep moving forward, says Coyle.
You can talk with your health care provider about how to manage stress.
Get enough sleep Sometimes you can’t get enough sleep, especially in the summer when kids are out.
If you have trouble getting enough sleep at home, consider getting a job, going to school or getting a night care worker.
Take a good, hard look at your own behavior Sometimes, it may not seem fair that kids get so much attention when they’re spending so little time in school.
So, talk to your kid about how you can make yourself more attentive, say: “I’m trying to do better.
I need to get more sleep,” or “I need to go to sleep earlier.
I don’t want to get up in the morning and feel like a mess.”
And you can help yourself by asking your kids what they’d like you to do differently.
For instance, you could say, “I want to help you stay up earlier.
Or, I want to have a conversation with you about what you’re doing wrong.
Or I want you to go outside to exercise.”
Work with a teacher You can also find help from a teacher.
This can include: helping your child develop more social skills to talk to others and listen to other people; making sure your child knows how to play games, such as hide-and-seek or board games; or using an interactive game to help your child explore different aspects of life.
Talk about the good things about the community It may be hard to figure out how to deal with some of the bad things happening in your neighborhood, says Anne M. Cauchon, the director of the Child Poverty Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
For one thing, you don’t have to agree with what’s going on.
For another, you may not have much control over the way you’re dealing with your own life.
“We need to find a way to make sure that we are all involved,” she says.
“This is really about having a conversation about the things that we all can do to make our communities better.
You really have to listen to your children.
If your child doesn’t want you talking about what is happening in his or her life, that’s not healthy for him or her.”