Monday, February 18, 2013

5 Health Mistakes I Made with my Kids

When it comes to your kid's health, do you ever find yourself thinking I wish I hadn't done that? You may be a disciplined person but I am not! I've learned
quite a bit over the years as my children are grown. I'm hoping I can use these practices with my grands, when and if I have any, I'm ready!

Overuse of Antibiotics. Yes, I was one of those moms that wouldn't wait for my daughter's immune system to work. I always helped it out or did I? The CDC agrees antibiotics aren't always the answer , my mantra.  Before taking antibiotics, ask your doctor to do a blood test on your little one to see if their illness is viral or bacteria. Antibiotics are ineffective for viral infections. This is one way to avoid the overuse of antibiotics.

Eating Sugar in any Form. Dr. William R. Kellas calls sugar a "negative nutrient" or toxin. We are what we eat. My kids suffer from allergies, swollen glands, headaches and over-sized tonsils. I believe these symptoms resulted from a weakened immune system allowing disease to thrive, especially autoimmune diseases. My husband battles several autoimmune diseases; eczema, IPF and arthritis. Maintaining a healthy immune system by excluding bad foods and eating good food can never be emphasized enough.

Emphasis on Exercise. The American Heart Association recommends that children and adolescents participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. I'm using the excuse of my own physical challenges to alleviate some guilt (wink wink).

Relaxation Techniques. Ineffective stress management leads to adrenal failure. Children experience stress as well as adults. School stress is one of the biggest for children. Teaching your child effective relaxation techniques and making it part of their everyday life gives them an advantage dealing with stress as an adult. Teach them "me time" in a considerate way.

Work-Life Balance. My husband and I pride ourselves in good work ethic. We also pride ourselves in good life ethic. Our high standards are overkill meaning we kill ourselves trying to keep up our own high standards. I wish we had practiced moderation. God rested on the 7th day, so should we!
This list has been approved by daughter's, Sydnee and Sloane! It's never too late to live healthily-ever-after! 

Rethinking Rearing,
The Happy Handicap


  1. I totally hear you! Good tips to remember. Also, I like your thoughts about good work ethics, it seems these days everyone wants something for nothing! :( Stopping by from SITS! :)

    1. My mom and dad always told me you don't get something for nothing. :) Great to have you visit again!

  2. You're so right about sugar. My husband and I are both pretty lean, but we both have a serious sweet tooth. It's so hard to kick! How do we do it?

    1. I don't know. My husband is so disciplined he don't eat sugar. Our kids and I still do. lol If you figure it out, please tell me! Thanks for stopping by.