It is important to remember that our children also face quite a few pressures of their own, which may affect them physically and mentally. A healthy body needs a healthy mind. Although we may think that a school test is not as stressful as a work assignment or paying bills, they might be for our children. Dealing with stress and anxiety can increase the levels of adrenaline and cortisol in the body, and in situations where these hormones are chronic or persistent, the immune system may be affected or react severely.
Make sure that your children keep up with their responsibilities, but at the same time make sure they have time to play, relax and rest. At the same time, keep in mind that your children are also affected by any stress you may face, and this may also harm their health.
By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives.
In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.