Sugar intake has always been a concern of mine. My children are not obese by any means, but I am concerned about their attention spans and being too hyper. While I do not deprive them of their favorite presweetened cereals, I have made it a habit of mixing them with unsweetened Cheerios or Kix. Each bowl would be about 50/50. When they were even younger, I use to serve the cereal in a 1:3 sweetened to unsweetened ratio.
It is said that children who eat breakfast perform better in school overall. I believe this to be true. I have never skipped breakfast in my whole life and neither have any of my children. I know that when I'm hungry, I get tired, grouchy, and have trouble focusing. Who wants to feel like that all the way until lunchtime, whether you are an adult or a child?