Olly Vitamins just launched their new line of kids’ vitamins, and I’m such a huge fan of their campaign. It’s all about bringing out your kids inner “superhero” and helping them feel their very best. 
I get questions all the time (especially since San was born) about my health and exercise routines, and since I’ve tried hard to make my health habits include the entire family, I’m sharing a few tips that have helped us be a more healthy and happy family. 
1. Be an example. We’ve all heard it, but kids are seriously always watching. Healthy habits for kids begin at home, and are so much more likely to stick if the entire family is doing them. My kids love to exercise with me, eat the same things for breakfast as me (I have them hooked on acai bowls!), swing the golf club at night with daddy, and basically anything and everything else we do. We’re certainly not the best examples all the time, but we try hard to be good examples since they’re always trying to be just like us. 
2. Limit treats to one or two special times per week, and involve them. Over the holidays there were treats right and left, and we were suddenly eating dessert at least once a day. Of course we all felt like garbage and were all noticeably more moody and tired. So now we’ve dedicated Sunday nights to be our treat night, we make it a special occasion, and I let the boys be involved so it’s even more fun. It’s easier to say no to little treats throughout the week if you have something special to look forward to at the end of the week. Some of our favorites have been mini fruit pies, pizookies, and homemade ice cream.
3. Try family exercise activities. I don’t really love to exercise, so I try to fit it into the day where it’s not such a burden or an inconvenience for me. I walk/run B to school every morning, and although we bring a stroller, the boys love to jump out and walk or run along with me. Then when we get home, Fos and I do some exercises together — he things jumping squats are so hilarious, and it’s equally as hilarious to watch him try to do them. We also love to go to the park in the evenings after Philip gets home and kick the soccer ball or throw the baseball. I’m also look into kid friendly hikes that we can do together this summer! 
4. Convey that healthy habits make them act better and feel better. In a world that’s obsessed with personal appearance, I try to help my boys focus on how healthy habits make them act better and feel better. We try not to talk about weight or size. And constantly reminding my kids of this helps remind me to focus less on weight and size. One of my friends always tells her son, “if you eat junk, you act like junk,” so we’ve adopted that in our home and I try to help my kids make good food choices because it won’t give them a tummy ache later, or because sugar makes them wild and we want to be in control of our minds and our bodies. 
5. Take Your Vitamins! My kids are decently good eaters, but like all kids they can get picky about the veggies, or they eat such small amounts that who knows how much nutrition they actually get. So to help make up for some of the things their diet might be missing, and to keep their bodies healthy with all the germs we pick up at school, I’ve started giving them vitamins. We’ve been really consistent with them for over almost two years, and now it’s their favorite part of breakfast every morning, and if I forget they always remind me. We’ve tried a bunch of different vitamins over the years, but when Olly launched their new line of kids vitamins, I was excited to try them out because each vitamin is created with a specific goal — Growing Bones, Super Brainy, Happy Tummy, and Mighty Immunity. Each morning I let my boys choose which vitamin they want for the day, and feeling in control of their health in this small way makes them feel so empowered. B always chooses Super Brainy on school days, and on the days Fos picks Growing Bones and I tell him he’s already looking taller, he gets the proudest face ever. 
6. Encourage your family to make healthy choices, but don’t be too strict. I’ve heard so many stories about kids whose parents were so strict that the kids would go crazy at friends houses, or once they moved out of the house. I want to promote a healthy home and instill healthy habits in my family, but not be too crazy strict that they go in the opposite direction! 
There are lots of ways to help your family be healthy, but these are a few things that are working for us and have helped us make smarter choices and be healthier. 
Olly has a super awesome giveaway going on right now that includes a year supply of vitamins, gift cards to Tea Collection, Target, and Starbucks, and more! Click the image below to enter!
Thank you to Olly for partnering on this post  ||  photos by rad and happy 


  1. Tiffany says:

    Good advice, but I hate to see you continue the myth that sugar causes hyperactivity in children.

  2. Sierra says:

    I love this so much. It is such a hard line to not be too strict and still be healthy but I love how you’ve done it.

  3. Monica Packer says:

    These are really great, Merrick! As someone who had a long history with distorted eating and big body image problems, I think you are going about this in a very positive way. It’s not about appearance, it’s about health and how we feel. Because of my issues, my kids have a treat every single day–as do I–but it’s limited to after dinner and something small, like a handful of chocolate chips. I just found for me personally it’s better to never place a food category as off-limits. (Seems like you do that too!) My daughter happily holds on to the candy she gets from various activities and looks forward to her nightly treat, but with what I think (hope!) is a healthy appreciation. I love your friend’s mantra, too. You are such a good mama and it’s been really fun to see how you, your family, and your creative work have blossomed every single year.

  4. Albert Forhmann says:

    You are absolutely right about sports! It’s a very important aspect which we have to take into account. Not only makes it us healthier, but also it helps to deal with mental health. It’s a good way to fight depression, for instance. I started golfing, for instance. Started with picking a senior golf driver and other required gear. I got used to it, liked it. Then I started playing with my family and it was amazing. Now each fortnight we go to the countryside and spend a couple of days on swinging and hitting balls.

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