7 Healthy Habits for Healthy Kids

   I talked to you yesterday about my favorite Natural Remedies, so it only seemed right that today, we talk about Healthy Habits which hopefully lead to Healthy Kiddos!

Let the count down begin:

Healthy Habit #7:  Staying Hydrated!  Have Water out and available for your kids at all times.  We have each child’s glass of water on the table and within reach all day long.  We also allow them to have a water bottle in their rooms.  We do not offer juice except on special occasions, as it turns into sugar in the body. 


  Now, after school, they can have half a packet of Emergen-C if they choose.  It has 78 minerals, 24 vitamins and a TON of Vitamin C.  It tastes like juice and is fizzy at first.  They love it!  You can get this at Walmart in the pharmacy section in a variety of flavors or order online here.
There is an Emergen-C for Kids and Emergen-C for adults.



#6 Sunbeam Humidifier
We have this going non stop.  Dry air makes for tickly throats and irritated nasal cavities.  It also can dehydrate little ones and make it hard to go to the bathroom.  This in itself can cause them to be more apt to get sick because they are not releasing toxins as they should by using the restroom.

   I would highly recommend getting a nice humidifier with no filter.  {click on the link above if you want the exact one we have}  No filter means no extra place for bacteria to grow, and no more cost to run it other than the water to fill it!


   See that red pan on top of the fire-box?  It is filled with water and a few drops of essential oils.  

Please note, we are now exclusively using doTERRA oils, and diffusing them in a Lotus diffuser instead of this method, with amazing success, but that is for another day, later this week!

 I appreciate both companies, but this switch has been great for our family!  


Thieves and Thyme Essential Oils by Young Living  {click for easy ordering}

Thyme Oil is a medicinal herb with anti fungal and anti bacterial properties.

Natural antibiotic
Thyme oil could work as an antibiotic. It could be used for treating infections of the respiratory tract, intestines and urinary tract.

Cures coughs and colds
Coughs and colds could be healed with thyme oil. This natural antibiotic could kill bacteria associated with infections of the respiratory tract. Moreover, thyme oil could be used as an expectorant.

More here.

Thieves Oil is a blend of five essential oils that are scientifically documented to be highly anti-infectious, antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic. Thieves’ essential oil is a safe and natural way to care for your family’s health. With the concern over swine flu-H1N1 and other infectious disease, this potent oil blend is a powerful way to support your family’s health and wellness.  Research shows that Young Livings Thieves Oil effectively interrupts the life cycle of bacteria and also interferes with the ability of viruses to replicate. Studies also confirmed that most viruses and bacteria cannot live in the presence of many essential oils.

More info here.

  These oils should kill bacteria in the air and help promote good health in our home. This is the first year we have tried it, but so far, so good!  Even with the humidifier going in the living room, this pan of water gets filled every day because of how fast the water evaporates. 

This should give you an idea of how dry your home is when the heater runs!!!!


#5 Bifidophilus and Probiotic Eleven {click for easy ordering}
These pills are great for boosting the immune and helping fight infection by putting healthy bacteria back into the intestines.  We keep these on hand and in the fridge at all times.  It’s great because you can open these Bifidophilus capsules and put them directly in your child’s mouth, or we have put it on a spoonful of food before too. It tastes sweet and they don’t mind a bit!  We do a whole capsule for the big kids, half of a capsule for the little kids.  These can be used weekly like a multi-vitamin, or anytime they spike a fever or seem to be coming down with something, we start giving one of these for the next few days till it passes!  Dale and I do the stronger of the two, Probiotic, when we feel something coming on.  This one is not as highly recommended for children as the Bifidophilus.

Heathly Habit #4: Getting plenty of Sleep! 

Sleeping beauties

We tell our kiddos that your fighters fight hardest when you are asleep.  We want those fighters to beat up those bad germs, so its important to get plenty of sleep.  We work hard to stick with afternoon rest/nap time, as well as shooting for their 7:30 bedtime each evening.

#3 Silver Shield  {click for easy ordering}
 This stuff is AMAAAZING!  I first understood the benefits of this on our annual trip to Florida.  I heard Silver Shield from Nature Sunshine could be sprayed in the mouth, on hands and up the nose and it would help prevent bacteria and germs from entering the body for 4-5 hours.  Every time we flew on the airplane and breathed in that nasty recycled air, SOMEONE got sick.  Every single time.  It is no fun to have a sick kid on vacation.  So I tried it, spraying all of us: nose, mouth, hands every 4 hours and guess what? For the first time we got to Florida 100% healthy. Praise the Lord! 

Silver needs to live in a dark, cool place.  It’d be best if I could’ve bought a dark glass spray bottle for it. (on the To Buy list)


Silver Aquasol technology, the basis of Nature Sunshines NEW Silver Shield TM, kills bacteria, viruses, mold, and other pathogens on contact! It usually takes 2-6 minutes for silver to destroy 99.9% of these pathogens. Tasteless, it is safe to take Nature’s Sunshine colloidal silver, Silver Shield TM, every day, either for prevention or to treat an infection of some sort.

  • Preventative dose drink 1 teaspoon per day and allow its broad spectrum activity to kill bacteria, viruses, and yeast in your body.
  • If you are getting sick or going to be exposed to illness, are traveling, or under stress take 1 teaspoon 2 times/day
  • For serious illness take 3-4 teaspoons daily
  • A first of daily defense, providing prevention before you need a cure!
  • Helps wounds heal in half the time, with half the scar, half the cost, and ten times the benefit!
  • Kills bacteria in the body but protects probiotics!
  • Kills candida without harming the good flora!
  • Changes the way we treat pneumonia, tuberculosis, staph and strep infections!
  • Completely non-toxic and safe at recommended levels!

1) Fine mist spray bottle: use for mouth, skin or most any other body surface. The silver is most effective when it is in direct contact with the pathogen for 2-6 minutes. Most adults have had success using the following amounts:

  • Mouth 4 pumps
  • Throat (for gargling) 6 pumps, or swish 1 teaspoon of colloidal silver in mouth for 2-6 minutes before swallowing
  • Voice Spray 1-4 pumps, 1-10 times per day
  • Skin as needed to moisten (for acne, ulcers, wounds, burns, etc.)
  • Replacement for antibacterial hand gel. Kills both bad and good bacteria. Spritz both hands and have protection for the next 4 hours.
  • Diaper Rash —improvement seen in 3 hours when the silver is sprayed directly on the rash.
  • Disinfect – spritz on door knobs, faucet handles, sink knobs, hotel rooms, airplane seats/trays, etc.
  • Purse Bottoms are the second most germ-laden location! Spritz and wipe off the bottom regularly.

Healthy Habit #2: Limiting sugar intake.  This means, NO CANDY! My kids rarely get dessert, and if they do it’s an inch by inch teeny-tiny square, but for sure not in the form of Candy if I have any say in it! The Candy Basket in the pantry overflows because I just never offer it.


Too Much Sugar

Every 7 Tablespoons of sugar consumed has the potential to knock your bodies germ killing capabilities by up to 40%!!!!!!!!!!!!  Sugar sweetened foods can knock the immune system down for hours.

That means after ingestion, the noticeable immune-suppressing effect of sugar starts to decrease the immunity function in as short as 30 minutes and its effects can last up to 5 hours.”  Source.

  So, every time our kids eat sugar within 30 minutes it knocks their immune for up to 5 hours????  Ummmmm, no thanks!!!!!!

And my #1 favorite Healthy Habit for Healthy Kids is……



  I am super OCD about Hand Washing, but I think it’s the number one tool in a Mommy Tool belt for prevention!  For adults too!!!!!

As SOON as we walk in the door from church, the grocery store, a friend’s house or even just playing outside…..we ALL stop in the laundry room, hang up our coats, then line up at the sink to wash.


The kiddos must use warm water and make lots of bubbles on their hands, and they MUST sing Happy Birthday TWICE while washing so they know how long to scrub.   I like to avoid Anti-bacterial Soap whenever possible.  You don’t want to strip the skin of some of its natural healthy bacteria, necessary to live!

More here.

“Bacteria are everywhere, and most bacteria are not harmful. Good hand washing is still highly effective in removing bacteria…….”

  Quote from here.

Well, that’s it for today! What are your favorite Healthy Habits for Healthy Kids?


26 thoughts on “7 Healthy Habits for Healthy Kids

  1. What an awesome list of healthy ideas & habits! I’ve told my grandkids about singing Happy Birthday (twice!) while washing hands too. Appreciate the info on the products you use too. WOW! You are chock full of knowledge mama. =) Sweet Blessings and continued Good Health to you and yours!

  2. Wow again so much wonderful knowledge here! Thank you! I am bookmarking both of these pages for reference and sending them on to my sister. One question… do you recommend specifically using the Natures Sunshine brand or is a cheaper alternative ok too?

    • Hi Hannah, You know, this is one of those cases where I REALLY feel you get what you pay for. Mostly, I’d avoid big chain store vitamins. (like from Walmart or Target) Those are often not what they seem, nor do they even open up in the body, but pass through without being used. If you have a local health store, that’d be a great place to start. I have no complaints about Nature Sunshine, in fact, when you join they give you like $40 in free product plus great specials all year long! I love it! Use your judgment and be sure to find out if you have a local herbalist that stocks this brand. NS should be able to tell you if someone is a distributor in your area. Have a great one! ~T

  3. Good job, Granddaughter. Surely a few converstion hearts will not hurt them, will it?
    Love to all of you.

  4. Your posts just get better and better:))
    Love all the information!
    Just wondering when you bake cookies and other desserts do your kids NOT get to enjoy any of it so you maybe put it away until they go to bed or just give them the tiny taste size?
    Just wondering how you work that since you don’t like them to have sugar?
    That comment is NOT meant to be negative:))

    • That is a great question!!!! 🙂 The first night I make it, they get a teeny inch by inch square if they are good eaters, the next night Dale and I enjoy it after the kids go to bed. I also send plates full of said goodies with the children’s teachers, so Dale and I don’t consume an entire dessert alone! LOL 🙂

      • Thanks Tonya!
        I know all about sending the goodies off for someone else to enjoy:)
        I love to bake it has always been my hobby but ya just can’t eat all of it so we each have a taste or helping and the rest goes to a lucky neighbor or Hubby’s office where I might say I’m much loved because of it LOL!!

  5. Great tips! I love using the thyme oil in our house also! You have such a cute blog! I look forward to looking around and reading more! Have a fantastic weekend with your cute kiddo’s =)

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  12. I’m with you on the water, no sugar (well, less sugar, if I’m being honest!), sleep, hand washing, and humidifier. I would love to be with you on the EO’s and other supplements, but those just aren’t in our budget right now. That being said, when things improve for us, EOs are one of the first on my list! I know Emergen-C works great as I have used it for years with excellent results. Thanks for the great list, Tonya! It’s so important to have a plan in place before illness hits.

    • Less sugar here too! Once in a while we have to make pumpkin cookies 😉
      For us saving up for an EO kit was the same as 2 doctors visits…WITHOUT the prescription that often follows. It has paid for itself 100 times already since January!!!! We haven’t been to the doctor in 8 years for the 5 “big kids” in our family, and 3 years for the littlest Ferguson. Feels good to have a system in place that is working well for us at the first sniffle or tummy ache.

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