Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Let there peace

A few ways to help our children find their own peace..

"I grew up in a big Irish Catholic family with six siblings. We went to Catholic schools and church every Sunday. I loved when we sang in church Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. Who knew so many years later I would be teaching children how to find peace inside. I wonder if this song planted a seed so many years ago that peace does indeed begin with me?
Recently I have had to reach deep inside to find that place of peace. I am highly sensitive to energy and whether I want to or not, I can feel deeply others’ pain and hurt. This political year has been hard for me. I want to believe the best in people. I know there are good people in America doing great things. But, we do look to leaders to lay a foundation and this year has been horrifying. I am ashamed and embarrassed by our President. His blatant racism hurts my soul. When I am walking in New York City or riding my bike in my mostly Hispanic neighborhood in Santa Fe all I want to do is apologize. “I’m so sorry,” I want to say, “He doesn’t speak for me.” Instead I look at them and send love from my heart to theirs.
I have had to reach deep into my soul and really practice what I preach to find that place of peace inside of me. I teach children to breath, meditate and move to find it. Why? Because peace is where your life soars. Nothing and no one can affect you when you are in a vibration of peace.
It’s not about finding peace or looking for peace. It’s about connecting with peace. You can’t strive, work hard, or study hard to find peace. Peace is a place of letting go and then the connection happens.
Connecting with peace puts you in harmony with life. When we connect with peace, we live a life of joy, because that is what we attract. We are able to go to that place of peace inside, no matter what is happening on the outside, and ultimately, peace is where the power lies. We are in control when we are at peace. External influences don’t bother us.
So how do we connect our children to peace?
1) Meditation is the most important way. When my kids were little we would meditate every night together as part of our evening routine. It helps the mind let go and relax. There are meditation aps and videos that you can put on for them as they drift off to sleep in a peace.
2) Going for a walk in nature helps us connect with the greater world around us. Looking up at the sky, feeling the vibration of the trees and the earth helps us to realize that we are all a part of something bigger than us.
3) Staying mindful and in the moment. Living for today frees our spirit and focuses our energy on the most important things right in front of us. Focus on the now and let go of the past and stop worrying about the future and you will feel a sense of peace and calm.
When children connect with peace, they are able to listen to their own inner voice and intuition. Intuition guides the children to do what is best for them, which brings them to a vibration of peace. This vibration of peace attracts more good things and takes the child round and round in a circle of joy.
My wish for everyone this year is that we are able to find peace within our hearts and experience the pure joy that it can bring…"

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Benefits of Yoga for Babies

I'm enjoying Baby Yoga so much with my little Charlotte! Wish we could keep practice together for many, many years 💗💗

"You’re never too young to start doing yoga. Did you know that yoga practice can be very beneficial for babies? With proper precautions and care, it can be really helpful for their mental and physical development.
When babies are very young they’ll need your help to get into certain poses, but as they grow older, they can perform some of the exercises themselves and benefit from some of these great advantages of start doing yoga at a very early age.

Relieves baby from gas problems
Gas formation is a common problem that babies face. When they breastfeed or have milk from a feeding bottle, for example, they take in air along with the milk. This air later causes gas, which leads to stomach pain, constant crying, constipation, bloated stomach and even sleepless periods.
Yoga can help relieve babies of gas problems and take away the discomfort. Following some simple yoga exercises for your baby like putting him on his back and cycling his legs in the air gently, can help relieve the pain.

Helps baby sleep faster
There are quite a few yoga exercises which can help your baby fall asleep faster and good dreams. Yoga poses like the “Happy Baby” and “The Twister” help their body relax much faster.
As mentioned above, yoga will also relieve gas problems which are often one of the major reasons babies don’t sleep. All this combined will lead to a quicker and more fulfilling sleep for your infant.
Enhances physical strength
Simple yoga exercises can build up your baby’s body strength which he’ll soon need to support his body or his head when he sits or starts taking tiny first steps.
The neck region is one of the most fragile areas of his body. Specific yoga poses that involve babies lying on their tummy and lifting their heads can help in strengthening their body muscles.
Furthermore, these exercises bring about movement in the body which will lead to flexibility, better hand-eye-mind coordination, increase in the overall strength and range of movements. All these will together lead to a stronger baby.
Helps in baby’s growth
Exercise at any stage is good for our body and mind development and it’s no different with babies. Your tiny tot is very curious of the world at this stage, yoga can help hone that curiosity, strengthen his muscles and relieve any discomfort he might face.
It also improves blood flow in the baby’s body and allows him to move around more freely. Just like yoga in adults, yoga in babies leads to a more peaceful sleep, better digestion and a healthier life-cycle, which helps enormously in the baby’s proper growth and development.
Physiological/developmental benefits
As mentioned above, yoga brings about many developmental benefits for infants. Improved coordination of the body as whole, improved flexibility and increased movement are just a few of the them.
Yoga sessions are also instrumental in establishing trust and acts as a bonding time between parent and baby which is so important in every growing stage of a person’s life. The baby’s immunity and neuromuscular development also see a boost. It also helps develops their sensations and it improves their perception of depth and gravity.

Some yoga poses for babies
Downward Dog  
This pose for babies comes with a slight variation since the baby is not yet able to support himself on his palms and heels.
  • Place your tot on his stomach with his hands and legs outstretched. Kneel near the baby’s legs, gently enclosing his legs within your thighs.
  • Now hold the baby gently at his chests and lift him up so that he is now on his knees.
  • Hold for five seconds, lower him gently and repeat the process a few times.
 Knee-to-chest poses
This is another great yoga exercise and is especially useful if your infant is suffering from gas pains.
  • To begin, gently lay your baby on his back. Make sure that you arrange a few pillows beneath your baby to make sure that he doesn’t feel any discomfort.
  • Gently lift your baby’s legs, bringing his knees slowly to his chest. Hold for a few seconds.
  • Now release the pressure, stroke your baby’s legs while keeping them in the same position to help the legs relax.
  • Gently straighten the legs. Repeat. You can also try cycling your baby’s legs slowly.
 Giraffe pose
This is a great exercise for balance, especially when your baby is just learning to walk. It is simple and fun to do.
  • Help your baby into a standing position. If your baby hasn’t learned to walk yet, you cangive your baby a walker to learn faster.
  • Stretch his hands gently over her head with palms meeting each other and hold.
  • You can also try gently swaying him from side to side in that position. Do it for a few seconds and then help your baby relax.
Final Verdict
Yoga sessions are fun and helpful, both for parent and baby. If done with proper precautions, baby yoga is definitely something every parent should consider for their babies. This will not only aid in development but will also get them into the habit of yoga.


Thursday, January 18, 2018

The power of color to balance and beautify

I'm getting more and more interested in the Art Therapy...!

We feed urselves through all five of our sense organs. By what we take in through our mouths, we can heal and build the body. But what we take in through our other senses is just as influential to our state of health. We take in sights, smells, sounds and sensations, and all of these provide for subtle shifts in healing that can have profound effects. The treatment of the physical and emotional state by taking in specific light and color is termed chromotherapy.

This powerful tool has been shown to heal the physical body and to balance the emotional state. Chromotherapy has long been used as a healing modality. All colors come originally from the light of the sun. By accessing colors, we access the healing properties of the sun. Ayurvedic practitioners of old used colors as they were found in nature to facilitate healing. When Newton discovered that the light ray could be broken up into its colored spectrum, the colors of the rainbow became accessible through a prism.

Colors can affect our mental state immediately, and with long lasting effects. When using color therapy, consider the colors in the home and wardrobe as a starting place for assessing and changing use of color. People may surround themselves in healing color, incorporate color in meditation, or even in what they eat and drink.

Ayurveda recognizes that the colors have profound and often immediate effects on our mental states. We call the potential mental states sattva (calm leading to clarity), rajas (activity leading to distraction), and tamas (inertia leading to ignorance). Colors are assessed for the effect they have on our mental state, and are chosen to enhance our state of mind. Most will benefit from choosing sattvic colors for the home and wardrobe: white, blue, gold, green and violet are considered sattvic.

When working with color, stay mindful that shading and tone play a significant role. To make the energy effect of a color softer, lighten it; to dull the effect, darken it. Specific colors also have specific properties, for example: Red is a hot color. It is considered rajasic (activating) and raises physical and emotional heat when used. When you think of the effect red has on bulls, you begin to see the power of this color as a motivator. The color of the first, or root chakra, is red.

Orange is a warming, stimulating, rajasic color. It can motivate creativity and sexual expression. Orange draws attention, and indicates informality. It is also associated with the sacral chakra.

Yellow is also a warming, rajasic color. It is mildly stimulating, though uplifting. It increases joy, expansiveness and lightness. Yellow is the color of the solar plexus chakra.

Green is a neutral color. It is considered sattvic (clearing) and healing. Spending time with plants and trees, or beside water are excellent ways to incorporate more green into your life and begin to heal on a subtle level. A brilliant emerald green is the color associated with the heart chakra. Moving along the spectrum and up the body, blue is the color of the throat chakra.

Blue is a cooling, calming, expansive, sattvic color. Its use counters the fight-or-flight response of the sympathetic nervous system. This color is also found widely in nature, in water sources and in the sky.

Violet is a neutral, sattvic color. It has a high vibrational frequency and is often considered a spiritual color making it intuitive that violet or indigo is the color of the third eye chakra.

White is a cool, sattvic color representing purity and clarity. It is frequently associated with the higher self. Meditation on the color white expands the consciousness. Those who practice kundlini often dress in all white.

Black is a cool color. It is tamasic (dulling) and creates separation; it is a color of divisiveness, and can draw one deeper into his darker nature. It can be used as a color of renunciation to enhance spiritual practice by encouraging separation of the self from one’s surroundings.

As a general rule, vata (expansive, frenetic) energy is pacified by warming colors, such as yellow and orange, and is disturbed or aggravated by cooling colors such as blue and white. Pitta (focused, fiery) energy is pacified by cooling colors, especially blue and white, and is disturbed or aggravated by heating colors such as red and orange. Kapha (steady, stagnant) energy is pacified by stimulating colors, such as red and orange and is disturbed by dull colors and aggravated by the use of brown, gray and black.

By starting with the home and the wardrobe, we can affect fundamental shifts in our color consciousness. By incorporating accent colors that are beneficial to our constitution, healing can begin on a subtle level that will affect change throughout our lives.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

10 Golden Parenthood Lessons

Which one is your favourite lesson? Mine is the first one!

"In the 70s and 80s, your books lined my mother’s book shelves. The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank, and If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing In the Pits? are forever etched into my memory. Always a reader, I voraciously gobbled them up. I laughed out loud as I digested your anecdotes, comedic timing, and writing style.
Now, all these years later, I find myself reading your works once again, with sheer delight and recognition. Your advice, funny stories, and brilliant conclusions are worth revisiting.
These are the 10 best things you taught me about parenting and life:

Don’t lose your sense of humor.

“When humor goes, there goes civilization.”
Parenting isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s not for quitters or complainers or those who can’t handle the drama—or the comedy. Parenting is for the humorist. Expect to get dirty. Expect to wash the dirt off your face with your own damn tears from time to time. Parenting, with all the pitfalls and craziness, is funny too. And fun!
Laugh often. It’s indeed a silly thing to find your dirty three-year-old scrubbing the family dog with a toothbrush and toothpaste on your bed (the one you just made with clean sheets) at 8 p.m. And it’s utterly ridiculous when your seven-year-old decides to give your five-year-old a very short set of bangs, the day before school pictures.

Don’t wish away parenthood.

“When mothers talk about the depression of the empty nest, they’re not mourning the passing of all those wet towels on the floor, or the music that numbs your teeth, or even the bottle of capless shampoo dribbling down the shower drain. They’re upset because they’ve gone from supervisor of a child’s life to a spectator. It’s like being the vice president of the United States.”
One morning, not so long ago, I woke up and realized that my kids were old. Older, anyway. And they don’t need me anymore. I’m not saying they don’t need me as much, I’m saying they don’t need me at all. For anything. They like me just fine. They enjoy our visits and small talk, but they just don’t need me. Gone in a blink are the days I spent asking questions and figuring out schedules. There is no more washing uniforms, feeding them constantly, helping them with homework, or doling out piles of advice—solicited or not.
uring the throes of heavy-duty, around-the-clock parenthood, I wished it away like nobody’s business. I just wanted to move on to the next phase, but now I understand what you were talking about, Erma. It’s easy to pretend I don’t miss being needed, but I do.

Eat dessert.

“Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.”
“Eat dessert” is merely a mantra for life. Savor what’s happening now. Stop waiting for the timing to be perfect to do the stuff you want to do. Eat the damn dessert for once, the one with the thick layer of chocolate frosting, and stop worrying about it so much. For heaven’s sake, seize the moment. Because all moments, big and small, are gone in a flash.

Follow your dreams.

“It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.”
We can be mothers, and fathers, and still pursue our dreams. Dreams do not have to precede, exclude, or follow parenthood. They can happen simultaneously. Erma did not wait for life to happen. Life happened, and she wrote about it. She wanted to follow her dream of becoming a columnist. She had the courage to show someone her dream, and it became a reality because of that courage. Her kids knew they were her priority, but they also knew that their smart-mouthed mother wanted to be a writer.

Housework sucks.

“My theory on housework is, if the item doesn’t multiply, smell, catch on fire or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one cares. Why should you?”
Hopefully, there will always be a house to clean. We need to get over the idea of perfection, and simply keep our space neat and a bit sanitized to stay healthy and happy, but that’s about it. A clean house is great, but it never stays clean for long. We must simply get over it. Housework is necessary, but it shouldn’t hold us hostage, because it really is the least important thing we ever do with our day.

Be suspicious.

“When a child is locked in the bathroom with water running and he says he’s doing nothing but the dog is barking, call 911.”
Always question the kids. Where are they going? Who are they with? What are they doing? Be the parent who knows what’s going on. Know that even the best kids lie. They lie and they do stupid things, and they manipulate us because they want to test boundaries without disappointing us. Decide when and where their lies are big enough to uncover and discuss. We must strive to always know what’s really going on. Why? Because it’s our job.

Worry is fruitless.

“Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.”
It does absolutely nothing for us. It’s impossible not to worry, and it can consume us whole sometimes. Decide what you can control, and what you can’t, and take it from there. Some of us are worriers. If you’re like me, every night my children are away from home is the night they will end up in a ditch. I go to bed worrying and I don’t stop until I hear their feet hit the stairs. I can’t help it. The one thing I’ve done to combat these feelings is set up rules about curfews, and checking in via texting. These rules do not help me sleep, but they do help me cope.

Invite friends over.

“No one cares about your house.” 
Looking back, I would have had friends over for dinner more often, without worrying about the state of my house. People marvel at the possessions of others, but generally speaking, no one cares. Relationships are built on connection and conversation. People don’t like you for what you have—no one cares if you have a pool, or a family room with a giant TV. Those things are wonderful, yes, but they do not help us solidify friendships. Alcohol does!
I kid, of course. But, it is indeed true that friendships blossom when we simply sit around a table together. It doesn’t matter if the table is cheap and riddled with water marks, or shiny, antique, rock maple.

Do the difficult thing.

“I loved you enough to be silent and let you discover your hand picked friend was a creep. I loved you enough not to make excuses for your lack of respect or your bad manners.”
No is a difficult word. And we must say over and over again. Love your children enough to do what is difficult. Encouraging your children to take ownership of poor decisions is showing them you love them. Not excusing their behavior helps them grow. Do the difficult thing in order to raise adults who respect others and themselves.

Guilt comes with the territory.

“Guilt is the gift that keeps on giving.”
Ah, guilt. We remember all the things we did wrong, and all the things we handled the wrong way. How do we ever live with ourselves? Parenting books should include a long chapter about guilt. Parenthood doesn’t exist without it. And, rest assured, you will take that guilt directly to your grave because it never goes away. My head stone might possibly read, “I am really sorry for that one time I spanked you for refusing to take your medicine when you were sick,” just so my daughter really understands how guilty I still feel.
Erma, things have indeed changed. Some of what you had to say is a bit out-dated, but so much of your humor and witty observations remain relevant to the business of child-rearing today. You taught us that it’s okay to poke fun at our situations. And that humor, mixed with love and sprinkled with suspicion is the best way to parent. We learned that we can follow our dreams, and still be the good, attentive parents we want to be.
You were the original mom-blogger. Your time-weathered advice is embedded in the collective psyche of parents everywhere.
Thank you, Erma, for all of it."



Saturday, January 13, 2018

Add Mindfulness to Your Bedtime Ritual

Bedtime is the perfect time to add a little mindfulness to your routine. After a long, tiring day for both parents and children, bedtime is often the thing that can connect and calm the family. Adding a little bit of time unwinding at the end of the day as a family can make drifting off to a peaceful sleep easier. Bedtime is the perfect opportunity for you to spend quality time with your children before going to sleep and starting the next day. Here are a few ways you can make the most out of that time.

Express Your Gratitude
Expressing your gratitude is very important and helps children be thankful for all they have. It also allows your children to see how grateful you are to have them as well. One easy way is to say three things you are grateful for. As a parent, you can say what you are grateful for about your child. After each thing, have your child say something expressing their gratitude. Stating things that both of you are grateful for shows compassion and allows your child to see the good in you that they can mirror. Focusing on the good helps connect the child to a peaceful energy.
Meditate Together
Meditating with your child at the end of a long day helps resolve any bad emotions. One way to meditate is to play an audio and listen together. This helps connect you and your child as you both calm and put aside any stresses from the day. Also, you can try walking them through breathing exercises to help nurture relaxation before sleeping. Slowly count down from 5 to 1, imagining yourself walking down a hill with each number imagine falling deeper into meditation and sleep.
Send Love from Your Heart
Sometimes children have a difficult time letting go of lost relatives or maybe even just someone who is away for a while. Children can oftentimes have separation anxiety about a parent or family member on a trip or even about an animal still being at home while they are away. You should let them know that they are still and always will be connected through their hearts to anyone who may be away or gone. Encourage them to send love from their heart to the other person or animal no matter how far away they are by closing their eyes and picturing that love being sent out.
Having a family-oriented bedtime to relax and unwind helps the whole family have a better sleep and better day the next day. Every parent is busy throughout the day, and that’s okay. As long as you take time at the end of the day with your child and make bedtime a special time, you can still keep your family close and happy. Try one of these bedtime rituals for yourself and see what a difference they make in your home and life.

Monday, January 8, 2018

9 Easy Ways to Boost Your Child’s Health

Starting the new year on the right path for our mini yogis!

As parents we know how tough it is when little ones are suffering from illness or discomfort (or when they don’t sleep well!).
Fortunately, there are some (rather unexpected) things you can do to boost your child’s health (and they are easy to do!).

Throw Some Salt in the Tub

Due to depleted soil and water levels, many people (including children) are magnesium deficient. If your kids are eating a healthy diet, you probably don’t need to supplement Magnesium, handful of Epsom Salts and a tablespoon or two of Sea Salt to their bath is a great way to gently boost their magnesium levels, and it will also help them relax and wind down before bedtime (so they sleep better!).
Especially for kids with allergies, eczema or asthma, this small step can often make a big difference. The natural Sea Salt or Himalayan salt contains a lot of trace minerals and is soothing and naturally cleansing to the skin.

Ditch the Nightlight

To paraphrase Robb Wolf… “Your kids will be peeved when they find out you are trying to give them cancer.”
In short, exposure to artificial lights has been linked to cancer and a host of other problems. Artificial light completely halts normal melatonin production and interrupts the sleep cycle. The time during sleep is vital for tissue repair and cell growth, and interrupting the delicate hormone cycle during sleep has lasting effects.
In fact, one night of lost sleep or interrupted sleep has been shown to give a healthy person the insulin levels of a pre-diabetic. Loss of sleep or bad sleep also interferes with the pituitary gland’s proper function and the leptin cycle, both which can have tremendous consequences on a growing child.
While lack of sleep or artificial light during sleep isn’t single-handedly causing the rise of childhood illnesses and obesity, it certainly isn’t helping either!
At our house, I’ve removed the night lights and all other devices that have blue, green or red light at night (digital clocks, etc.) and just put motion activated regular light bulbs in the bathroom and hallway. Our room has blackout curtains because a light outside our window is constantly being motion activated by our animals, but I’ve just left natural curtains on their windows to let in the natural light of the moon and the sun as it comes up. We also have a rule of no TV or computer for them after dinner time so their natural hormone cycles can start kicking in.
I’ve personally noticed that the children sleep much better this way and are up much less to get water or use the bathroom. 

Let Them Play Barefoot… in the Mud

In an age where we have the means to keep our kids clean and their feet protected by “safe” rubber soles, it’s hard to think that perhaps these methods might not always be in the best interests of our kids.
As counter-intuitive as it might sound to us as parents (and as completely intuitive as it will sound to most kids) there are naturally occurring compounds in dirt that boost Serotonin levels, which will also contribute to healthy sleep (see above). On top of that, by interacting with dirt, kids are naturally exposed to a host of  natural bacteria and pathogens that actually help strengthen the immune system. There is even some evidence that regular play time in the dirt helps keep kids from developing allergies and asthma.
Additionally, exposure to dirt can help babies’ natural iron and zinc production, even before they start solid foods.
On a separate note, some recently emerging information has shown that barefoot contact with the dirt, grass, or sand can help reduce the overly positive charge that our bodies electrons can get from being indoors and exposed to EMF and other forms of electricity all day. The earth’s negatively charged electrons can help balance this out and (surprise) also improve sleep!

Have Fun in the Sun

We often shelter our kids from the sun and slather them with sunscreen to their own detriment.
Kids especially have a need for enough Vitamin D, which is important for their immune function, proper hormone development and bone and muscle growth. Even a low SPF sunscreen blocks the body’s natural ability to produce Vitamin D and often exposes kids to a host of chemicals.
As long as your kids are eating a healthy diet that won’t pre-dispose them to inflammation and burning, healthy sun exposure is important! For the times you’ll be out longer than their sun tolerance allows, just cover them up with a hat and layers.

Let them Eat Cake Fat

Conventional wisdom says that we should limit our intake (and our children’s intake) of saturated fats and instead give them “healthy” fats like vegetable oil. As children as young as nine are getting heart disease, this seems direly important, except that the research doesn’t support it (and those kids probably aren’t sleeping in darkness, eating real food, and playing in the dirt…). Sadly, limiting saturated fats, especially in kids, is likely to do much more harm than good, as there isn’t even a proven link between these fats and heart disease and kids need them for proper growth!
Personally, I don’t let my kids consume any franken-fats like vegetable oils, margarine, etc. (or eat them myself!) because they are chemically created, oxidize quickly, and have no place in the human body! At the same time, I give them as much (healthy) saturated fat as they like (and eat it myself) in the forms of raw organic butter, coconut oil, grass-fed meat, etc.
While it is important to get saturated fats from healthy sources, these fats are not the enemy, and we need them for proper body function. They also are great at keeping kids satisfied after meals, improving hormone levels and for supporting brain and bone health.
Here is one of my kids’ favorite recipes and they are loaded with healthy fats: Chocolate Coconut Clusters. You can also just let them snack on wild-caught salmon, grass-fed beef, and hard boiled eggs to boost healthy fat levels.

Make Some Real Soup

Another highly beneficial food that has almost completely disappeared in modern diets is quality homemade soup with real broth and stock.
There’s a reason that chicken soup is the common food during illness… our mothers and grandmothers knew something that many of us have forgotten. Broth contains tons of minerals in easy to assimilate form, and are wonderful for immune health, skin, bone and muscle growth! Real broth (i.e. not the stuff in the BPA lined can or carton) is also very simple and inexpensive to make and there tons of different variations!
Broth can be consumed on its own as a liquid (especially wonderful during illness) or as the base for soups, stews, casseroles or other foods. Broth also contains high amounts of gelatin, which is great for muscle growth, skin health and brain development, and which is one of the supplements/foods I take every day. Gelatin is a precursor for collagen production and is especially helpful for those with skin issues or thinning hair. It balances out the high amounts of muscle meats that most of us consume and gives the immune system a boost.
Most kids naturally like homemade soups and stews, and when cooked soft enough, these are also great first foods for baby, especially since babies are naturally born with a leaky gut,which allows some particles and antibodies to transfer through the gut lining and help develop their immune systems. The gelatin in homemade broth helps naturally close the gut and prevent food sensitivities.

Balance Their Gut Bacteria

Babies are born with a sterile gut and (hopefully) pick up some beneficial gut bacteria from mom during the birthing process which allows them to begin culturing the billions of gut bacteria that make up the micro-system of their intestines.
Unfortunately, being born via c-section (or vaginally to a mom with less than ideal gut bacteria), taking antibiotics during childhood, or a poor diet during the early years can put little ones at a disadvantage when it comes to good bugs in their bellies.
Even though (all but one of) my kids were born naturally and I took steps to make sure my gut bacteria was optimal, quality probiotics are one of the supplements that my kids get every day. As healthy gut bacteria has been linked to stronger immune function, better digestion, and fewer allergies, it is one thing I’m not willing to skimp on.
My kids also consume lots of probiotic lemonade, water kefir “soda”, and fermented foods to help naturally boost gut bacteria (no constipation around here… TMI?).
I’ve also seen probiotics greatly improve eczema and allergies in several children.

Stop Pouring Chemicals On Them

There’s been a lot of press lately about cancer causing chemicals found in baby products, but this problem isn’t limited to baby lotion!
Many products that we use on our kids from sunscreen to bug spray to shampoo, to bubble bath, to toothpaste have harmful chemicals that can be easily avoided by using natural options. 
Get a Move On It
Kids have a natural tendency to move and get the right kind of exercise, and sometimes we ruin this natural drive by putting them in organized sports too early (my opinion anyway).
Most kids naturally love to sprint, do pull-ups (monkey-bars), climb things, and lift heavy things. They don’t necessarily need sports or exercise regimens to do the types of movement that naturally develops their muscles. Give them access to trees, monkey bars, ropes to climb, and heavy things to play with, and they will develop great muscle tone!
Personally, our backyard is “cluttered” with a treehouse with climbing wall, trampoline, mud pit, jungle gym, climbing ladder and rope, big containers that can be filled with dirt or sand for moving, and a huge sandbox.
So, I realize that I suggested that you let your kids get dirty while barefoot… in the sun… and feed them lots of fat… and even take away their comforting night light. Many of these things might be counter intuitive or counter cultural, but I’m confident they’ll contribute to good health for your little ones.