This is massively important for children especially as they are growing. Our section on nutrition is equally applicable for children but we may summarise... Avoiding quick release sugars (unless occasional treat) eg. fizzy juices (stopping these will improve concentration/ reduce anxiety and hyperactivity as they are very high in caffeine - not good for developing kids) supermarket smoothies, sweets, cakes, most breakfast cereals.To consider instead... milk, water, eggs, home made smoothies (see recipes in nutrition section-kids will LOVE getting involved !), avoiding processed foods, 5 fruit and veg every day, snacking on fruit / dried fruit and nuts, breakfast porridge, muesli, readybrek + home made smoothie. Oily fish and sunshine for vitamin D production - required for strong bones/ gums / joints. Home made non processed food - vegetable soups, more fish than meat, spinach and other greens eg kale/ pak choi / spring greens.
2. Family Visits
We recommend regular visits to Ciao paolo dental practice. We can assess the health of your child's mouth and offer advice on oral hygeine, correct use of fluoride and offer fissure sealants. We can also advise on the appropriate time for referral to an orthodontist.
This is very important. Not only do crowded teeth look bad, they are hard to keep clean and can cause bite problems. In addition orthodontic treatment can affect and improve the facial appearance of your child. For those children with a narrow palate, orthodontic treatment at the appropriate time can prevent sinus problems in adulthood.
Your local sports complex at Scotstoun is a fantastic facility offering everything for children's health and enjoyment. Tennis / swimming / gym / athletics / table tennis / badminton / martial arts. With a family membership kids swim free. Contact Kirsty Greenlees on 0141 287 1620 (option 5) for a tour of the facility and to discuss membership.
Family adventures are very important for children. How about a great day out and a hill walk! If you haven't done these before maybe you might want to go yourself first to get to know the terrain? There are 3 great hills which in my view offer the best views in Scotland for the least effort (sound good ?!). They are Ben A'an by Loch Katrine, Creag An Tuiric by Balqhuidder and Dumgoyne by Killearn. They are all fantastic family days out, a little effort with magnificent Scottish views AND a wee treat after. What could be better?
For Ben A'an drive to Aberfoyle then head over the Dukes pass and down to Loch Achray - parking for Ben A'an just beyond. The peak is visible from the descent in the car from the summit of Duke's pass and is a perfect volcanic cone - looks a little daunting but in fact is like walking up stairs. There is a path to the top and the views are exceptional. After your wee dolly up may I suggest a detour home via Callander - Mhor Fish in the main street does amazing fish and chips and also Mhor Bakery in the main street has fantastic home made bread. Another beautiful stop off is to drive past Callander and return to Aberfoyle via the Lake of Menteith hotel, absolutely gorgeous setting, wonderful hotel with bar / restaurant food sitting by the loch and boats out on the loch - idyllic. Your other fine option is to return from Ben A'an via the Dukes pass but stop off at the visitors centre for scones/tea-wonderful views from on high in good visibility.
For Creag An Tuiric drive to Balqhuidder via Callander. In Callander take a left onto the A84 ( the A84 right takes you to Stirling - wrong direction!) take a left at Kinghouse on a single track road to Balqhuidder, approx 5 miles. Stop at the Balqhuidder post office and walk up past the church. Magnificent views over Loch Voil, have tea / scones at the Mhor Bakery on your return, very very special place, wonderful. Monachyle Mhor Hotel one mile further on -one of Scotland's best.
For Dumgoyne drive through Milngavie past Reservoir at Dougalston and continue out past Strathblane to the Glengoyne distillery, park on roadside and walk up past farmhouses and straight up the hill in front! Quite steep but views back to Glasgow and over to Loch Lomond and the big Munros close by, lovely. Lunch after at the Beechtree lovely, or up to Killearn for a pub lunch, or further up to Lake of Menteith.
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