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The Biggest Mistake Parents Make

Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH

January 5th, 2021  |  12 Comments

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Joette Calabrese

Are you familiar with those ubiquitous “listicles” on the internet? Like, “The Top 7 Reasons Your House is a Mess” or “The 9 Most Frightening Items in Your Closet”

Do you know why those lists are everywhere? Because they are successful marketing tools, and internet businesses love successful marketing tools.

Have you ever noticed they are most often an odd number? There are probably 6 or 8 reasons why your house is a mess. And there could be 10 or 12 frightening things in your closet. But odd numbers have been shown to be more trustworthy in marketing studies.

Go figure.

Often, the numbers are random, chosen to fit the needs of the writer rather than the truth of the situation.

So, to heck with creating a list. I’m going to tell you the ONE biggest mistake parents make regarding their children’s health care.

One. Uno. Une. Una. Ein. Yksi. Énas.

What is it?

They panic.

Let’s take, for example, a fever.

How many times have you seen a mother PANIC because her child has a fever! She runs for the Tylenol in an unnatural attempt to get the fever down. But the fever is serving its purpose, burning off the virus or the bacteria and developing an effective immune response for later years. (See my earlier article Get Your Kids High: Fever is Good.)

When your child gets sick, DO NOT PANIC.

No. Relax.

I’ll repeat it: relax, relax, relax.

Children are SUPPOSED to get sick. It’s how they build their immunity. It’s how they grow. It’s how they flourish.

Sicknesses are a natural part of childhood and not something to avoid at all costs. Sometimes — many times — the avoidance or repression of disease is decidedly worse than allowing the body to naturally fight the illness. We’re forcing the body to stop treating itself.

In a typical childhood illness, fevers can run high — and so can emotions.

When a parent is in a panic, their rational brain flies out of the window, and they appeal to others for answers. Medical practitioners often utilize that susceptibility to convince panicky parents that antibiotics are the only solution. They shame parents into believing it’s their responsibility to provide antibiotics for their children’s recovery.

This is the moment when Biggest Mistake Number One leads to Biggest Mistake Number Two: Antibiotics! (But, alas, I’m not making a list!)

When you’re in a panic, you don’t have the mental clarity to consider what an antibiotic can leave in its wake decades, even a lifetime, later. You’re opening the door to recurrent infections, gut problems, eczema, a lifetime of food intolerances, and more. (Read: The Downward Spiral: Antibiotics and Recurring Infections.)

Antibiotics are woefully over-prescribed to children of parents filled with uncontrollable anxiety, but they are not the only answer.

Say, for instance, your child has a painful ear infection accompanied by a high fever. You might consider Belladonna 30 every few hours until the symptoms improve. Or you might find Chamomilla 200 matches better with your child’s ear infection symptoms, or perhaps Pulsatilla or Hepar sulph.

As I’ve said before, there is more than one way to skin a cat. But if you are in a blind panic, you cannot sufficiently take the case and choose a remedy.

“So, great, Joette. You’re telling me not to panic, but you’re not telling me HOW to keep calm?”

That, folks, is where preparation — in the form of education — comes in.

If you have studied alternatives to antibiotics, your intelligence will be better armed to overrule your emotions. When you visit the pediatrician for a diagnosis, you will stand equipped to turn down the antibiotics she offers.

You will know your options.

You can do this for free by reading my blogs and listening to my podcasts or Facebook Live events. But to truly take a deep dive into the world of life beyond knee-jerk antibiotics, I recommend my course, The Antibiotic Alternative: Balance Your Bugs Without the Drugs. This course is designed for those who have already been harmed by antibiotics, individuals who can’t use antibiotics due to allergies, and preppers and others who want to be ready for a predicted future without antibiotics.

But most of all, it is for parents who want to give their children the best start in life, a clean slate, a life without chronic illness!

It is for parents who no longer want to panic when their child gets sick — because they are prepared!

You will be the hero! Allow me to serve as your guide.


Joette Calabrese

P.S. Click here to download a free infographic from my course The Antibiotic Alternative to use as a starting point in your studies.

And remember — all of my Mighties (Joette’s Mighty Members) qualify for a 10% discount on course purchases. If you need assistance getting your discount, email contact@practicalhomeopathy.com for more information.


I am a homeopath with a worldwide practice working with families and individuals via Zoom. I'm also a teacher and most importantly, a mom who raised my now-adult children depending on homeopathy over the last 31 years. I lived decades of my life with food intolerances, allergies, and chemical sensitivities until I was cured with homeopathy, so I understand pain, anxiety, and suffering. You may feel that your issues are more severe or different than anyone else’s, but I have seen it all in my practice and in my work in India. My opinion is that nothing has come close to the reproducible, safe and effective results that my clients, students and I have achieved with homeopathy.

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Joette is not a physician and the relationship between Joette and her clients is not of prescriber and patient, but as educator and client. It is fully the client's choice whether or not to take advantage of the information Joette presents. Homeopathy doesn't "treat" an illness; it addresses the entire person as a matter of wholeness that is an educational process, not a medical one. Joette believes that the advice and diagnosis of a physician is often in order.

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12 thoughts on “The Biggest Mistake Parents Make”

  1. Hafsa Chaudhary says:

    hi Joette! I have a question- I have a 2.5 year old and honestly by the grace of God he never gets sick. but if being sick is a part of childhood….should I worry? sorry if I’m sounding crazy.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      You’re not crazy; you’re a mother. As long as your baby is thriving, all is well. Some kids/people barely show any signs at all when exposed to illness.
      ‘Sounds like you’ve done a great job.

      1. Hafsa Chaudhary says:

        ahhhh thank you! All goodness is from God,I just try my best.

        ps love love love ur blogs and been learning loads!

  2. Carrie Woodruff says:

    Thank you for all your incredible advice. Thus is what I have been looking for since my children were babies. We frequently take aconite/bryonia as soon as we feel an illness starting and most of the time we successfully stop the illness and happily go about our lives. Since you say that children are supposed to get sick to build their immunity, I am wondering if we shouldn’t always use aconite/bryonia so that we get sick more often? Or is it enough to be sick the few times we are unable to stop it completely, and treat with other protocols until VMB?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      The fact that an illness is resolved within minutes doesn’t mean it’s no less valuable in its goal of building long-term immunity. Indeed, the best part of homeopathy is that it doesn’t manipulate nor suppress. It instead gently stimulates the body to move the condition along at a more efficient pace.

  3. Mayda says:

    Amen sister! And it’s not just for the kids. The whole world is in panic mode. If they only knew homeopathy. I think homeopathy is the only thing that will be left when all is said and done!
    My 2021 resolution. I wasted 10 months keeping abreast with current situation. I am done done with it. It didn’t add anything to my life. I am going back to learning and adding Real knowledge. No more distractions. Just Homeopathy!!

  4. Eileen says:

    Another thing that helps me from entering panic mode is the information found on a lot of homeopathy bottles. Hylands, Boron and several other companies have a couple of suggestions of what to use the remedy for. This QUICK, useful information has helped me out a lot when I am trying not to panic.

  5. Anna says:

    Hello Joette) I have a question that interests many of your readers. how can you neutralize the vaccine ??? Reading and listening to the news, everything indicates that we will be “forced” to do this vaccination (the levers of influence may be different: you cannot fly an airplane, work, go to school, college and so on, without vaccination). the danger of vaccination is real, how can it be “erased” from the body?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I can’t say there is necessarily an eraser but I discuss methods that homeopaths have used through the years in my online course titled “Toxic” as well as on Joette’s Mighty Members.

  6. Anna says:

    This is a completely new type of vaccine, it is for this reason that it may happen that Camphor and THUJA will not be able to neutralize the new vaccine.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      If you’re one of my Joette’s Mighty Members, you’ll know how I view this concern.

    2. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Homeopathy has stood the test of time. Every month a new drug, method, or procedure is rolled out, and yet homeopathy still acts, regardless of our fears.

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