Raising an 8 year old comes with all sorts of challenges; silent prayers when he flies through the air tackling his opponents in football, conscious choices of which foods to send in his lunchbox, nightly bed time routines, play dates, encouraging

responsibility and protecting him without stifling his curiosity, among so many others. This is an age where I’m acutely aware of his innocence weaning and he is becoming a little person who will soon take on more responsibility, both in school and at home.  And with that added responsibility comes an awareness of how important the food choices we make are, and the supplements that we give our children are vital to their development. And while most kids will choose a cookie over cauliflower any day, it’s our job as parents to make sure we’re giving them the proper vitamins and nutrients they need to thrive.

So, I’ve put together a list of the top recommended vitamins and supplements for children; as always, check with your doctor or other professional if you feel best doing so prior to starting a new vitamin and supplement routine for your child.


One of my favorite new indulgences, Birchbox, is a monthly subscription program that sends a unique selection of various beauty samples to your door for a low monthly fee of only $10. Normally I find the samples to be a fun way to try products I might normally otherwise not have heard of, thought occasionally they include something that I don’t particularly care for. While I’m not sure that they are featuring this new product in the next month’s shipment, they wrote a piece about it on their blog, and I found it interesting as it relates to whether our bodies would actually absorb vitamins topically. (more…)