We’ve all heard it, “drink more water”. That may be easy for adults, but what do you do when you have kids that won’t drink water. If you want their bodies to continue to function at an optimal level, keeping hydrated is key.
Although most people remember to stay hydrated during the summer months, let this serve as a reminder that it is important for kids to drink water all year round.
Consistently offer your kids water at various times of day. Offering just plain, unadulterated water to your kids at different times of day will not only liken the chances that they will partake, but will demonstrate that you think drinking water is very important. What is important to you, will likely become important to them.
Be an Example
“Do as I say not as I do”, really does not work for the long haul. If you want your kids to build healthy water habits that will last long after they have grown up, you need to be an example. Opting for water instead of sodas, sugary drinks, coffee and even tea will not only set a great example, it is a “drink to your health”.
Giving your kids choices and options are a great to get them to drink more water. Offer them a choice of a special cup or mug in which they can drink their “sky juice“. You may also give them the option of ice or no ice, and chilled or room temperature variety. Does your little one have a favorite fruit? Offer pieces of fruit in the water for a naturally flavored variety. Strawberry basil water is a major hit at my house.
Citrus fruits, pineapples and cucumbers are great options! You didn’t think that this was just for the spa did you? As another alternative, try offering juice that is diluted with water. Half of those fruit beverages are way too sweet anyway. Forty to fifty percent dilution will do the trick.
Maybe Weird Al Yankovic knew what he was talking about? If you don’t get this reference, I feel sorry for you. Here’s the music video if you want to catch up.
It is a myth that water has to be poured to be counted into your 6-8 glasses. Offer kids a choice of fruits and veggies with high water content. Cucumbers, oranges, lemons, watermelons, peaches, apples, tomatoes, and grapes are very “water loving”. Don’t forget to offer personalization here too. Kids can help you choose and even “juice” their favorite fruits and veggies for a healthy treat.
Mix unsweetened freshly blended juice with some water (dilute to desired sweetness or consistency), into popsicle molds, and freeze for a healthy and hydrating treat.