Yep. Japanese researchers who studied 3,000 teens found that the teens who skipped breakfast lost their virginity at an earlier age. And we've been pleading with our teens to eat breakfast because:
1. We want them to be alert and able to concentrate.
2. We want them to be well-nourished.
3. It would be awful for our teens to have hunger pangs during the first period of the day.
Now we can make a much stronger argument as we chase them to the school bus with a bagel in one hand and a banana in the other.
Imagine what we can say now.
1. Finish your breakfast or you might get pregnant.
2. Finish your eggs or you could get an STD.
2. Drink your orange juice or you might just have sex today.
A big thank you to these researchers. These arguments may be much more persuasive. I, myself, have just spoken with my kids about their favorite breakfast foods.I'm heading out to the grocery store immediately. And if they want sugary cereals that's what they will get because I am not taking any chances here!
Barbara Greenberg and Jennifer Powell-Lunder are authors of the hit book, "Teenage as a Second Language: A Parent's Guide to Becoming Bilingual." They've set up an interactive website for parents and teens to listen, learn and discuss hot topics and daily dilemmas. You can find it at www.talkingteenage.com.