Cold weather is making life miserable for people across the country. When families get sick, things get even more miserable.

What is a parent to do? Keep the kids home 24/7? Have them live in a plastic bubble?

No need to roll out that plastic bubble. Instead, here are a few simple ways to keep both parents and children strong -- even when everybody is sneezing around you ...

* Eat more wholesome snacks. Instead of feeding your kids processed foods, which are high in additives, preservatives, sugar and salt, try giving them more whole foods such as fruit, veggies, and grains.

* Be a good example. Don't give your daughter an apple, and then eat a candy bar in front of her. Just practice what you preach.

* Eat more basil. Basil is a powerful herb that has been used for centuries to help mucus production. You can add fresh chopped basil to your tomato sauces, put pesto on your kids' pizza or use it in soups and stews.

* Say no to ice. Seems like a small deal, but it's key to building immunity, helping digestion and decreasing mucus buildup. When your child guzzles down a cold drink -- anything colder than room temperature -- their body goes into shock mode.

* Get out and play. Having your kid play outside for at least 20 minutes after school is a great way to get them fresh air and get their bodies moving. The more kids sit around playing video games all afternoon, the less able their bodies are to get rid of toxins.

* Wash your child's hair before dinner. Having your child go to bed with wet hair, especially in the winter, weakens their immunity and often leaves them stuffy and clogged in the morning. Put bath time before dinner -- that way there is plenty of time for hair to dry.

* More sleep. Sleep is when we detoxify and recharge ourselves so our systems can properly perform the jobs they are supposed to do. Kids need nine or 10 hours of sleep every night.


I would love to hear your feedback on this topic?  It is a concern of mine, because I have young children myself.