Last week was the week of the fever for our middle child. It started on Sunday night and continued through Wednesday. With the exception of a pretty high fever (103.1 when I took it on Monday afternoon) he had no other symptoms. Lots of sleep and lots of water were of high priority for him last week (and a little extra Vitamin D didn’t hurt, either). He came through just fine, but it reminded me of how we explain symptoms to our kids and I wanted to share it with you here.
Basically, there are good guys and bad guys in your body. Most of the time, the good guys are REALLY good at keeping the bad guys in line. So good, in fact, that we don’t even know it’s happening. But, sometimes the good guys get weak (because of lack of adequate sleep, high emotional/mental stress, poor nutrition, not maintaining a clear brain-body connection, etc.) and the bad guys take advantage of the situation and a battle breaks out. The good guys and the bad guys really start a war in our bodies. When this happens we might have a fever (that’s the way the good guys like to fight the best), a cough (the good guys trying to push the bad guys out of the lungs), a runny nose (good guys pushing the bad guys out the nose), or we might have diarrhea or vomiting (again, the good guys trying to get rid of the bad guys). We might not always feel good when the good guys and bad guys fight, which really stinks, but it’s okay. At this point we have 2 choices.
We can take some medicine that will kill the bad guys BUT it will also harm and weaken the good guys OR we can focus on making the good guys stronger. Our natural design is to have really strong good guys. When the good guys are strong, we are able to find health and balance. So, we ask our kids what they think we should do. Our kids already know that when the good guys are strong they can fight any bad guy in town, so they always choose to make the good guys stronger. They don’t want to do anything that will harm or weaken the good guys, that would be silly. This always leads into a discussion of what sort of things might make the good guys stronger. I love this part because it gets the kids thinking about how to care for themselves and empowers them to make choices for their own health. They become very active in the decision-making process of how we’re going to approach their health. Their solutions always include getting adjusted (smart kids), sleeping, drinking more water, eating extra veggies, drinking broth, and resting.
I love this conversation. I think it makes it so simple, yet so profound. We use this example to help our kids understand that life and health is about moving TOWARD something, not running away from something. It shows them that the decisions and choices they make MATTER. They’ve been around us enough to know that things like sugar and grains are going to weaken the good guys and strengthen the bad guys, but things like eating, thinking, and moving By Design are all for the purpose of keeping our good guys strong, just as they were designed.
I hope the next time that you or your child starts to express symptoms you choose to approach the situation by focusing on making your good guys stronger. In fact, don’t wait for symptoms. That would be too late. Begin today to live a Life By Design and start strengthening your good guys NOW.
Live Life and Thrive,