Encouraging kids to drink water

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Children editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

If you were to take a peek into the refrigerator at our residence you’d discover veggies, butter, yogurt, and the gallon of milk or two (or three) that you’d expect a family of six to have.

However, you could be amazed by what’s missing: the toolbox of juice boxes, consume pouches, and soft drink cans standard in the normal household diet plan – but we don’t actually miss those services at all.

What quenches our thirst?  Water. Cool, refreshing water.

At our house my children know that their beverage choices are milk, water, and our day-to-day smoothie. We restrict juice, prevent soda, and focus on drinking water.

It was not always by doing this, and if I am being honest, I’ve to confess that a few of my children (those who’ve actually been consuming water from the time they were toddlers) do not need significantly support to drink water. Consuming water is currently a life-long practice for my younger children.

But, a few of them do need a little extra reward to hydrate with water from time to time. This was especially real when we initially began to focus on establishing this good routine together as a family. For my earliest, it is not quite as easy.

Moms and Fathers, are you having a hard time encouraging your kids to drink water?

I understand, I’ve actually been in your shoes, and I’ve a couple of ideas that may assist.

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Encouraging children to drink water

Especially if drinking water is a new change for your home, try to produce an open dialogue with your children about why you’re making this modification as a household. Describing why drinking water is a fundamental part of healthy living can help your children to comprehend and accept this change, too. There’s no require to get extremely technical, but in an age proper means, simply describe how water is so helpful for our bodies and why it’s a healthy selection to make every day.

You might try …

… Taking a trip to the library and having a look at some books about how the human body works and why water is an important part of good nourishment.

… Discussing how much water our bodies need for us to drink every day and go over the amount of a child their age requires to consume.

… Making use of visual helps to clarify why water is a healthier option than soda or sugary juice drinks. There are some resources at Soda Free Summer that reveal just the amount of sugar is in soft drink and juice.

Try to find an inspiration that resonates with them – i.e. a preschooler who prevents sugary beverages so that the Tooth Mermaid will be pleased with her pearly while teeth, or my son who suches as ‘grow stronger’ meals and beverages. Maybe you’ve a kid who wants sports and would be motivated to understand how water keeps them hydrated to be more active, etc.

Tap into what talks to your kid and emphasize that.

Set your kids up for success

One of the keys to excellence, for parents and for kids, is to get ready for it. Set your children up for successful water consuming by developing a water-friendly environment.

  • Remove the soft drink, juice, or other non-healthy options that might be alluring (to them and to you).
  • Take a few moments and get into the routine of filling out canteen the night before so they prepare to go the next morning.
  • A friendly note on the fridge may work as an useful visual reminder to your children to drink their water.
  • Spoken reminders work also, but bewaren’t to nag.
  • I love this DIY Infused Water Station that Mariah established at Playful Learning.
  • Keep it accessible: playing outside? Establish a water station outdoors. Spending time indoors? Establish a water station on the cooking area counter or table. Keep the water bottles filled and within simple reach in the refrigerator. Serving a treat? Give them water to consume with it. Make it simple for them to decide to take a beverage of water.

Do you’ve even more than one child? I’ve found it useful to color code water bottles so that I can see at a glance who’s consuming their water and who could require a bit more encouragement or gentle advising.

Practical tips

Keep the focus positive:  we get to hydrate our bodies with fresh water every day (not the unfavorable: we can’t have soda or sugary juice boxes) Keep the focus on exactly what they’re getting, not what they might be missing out on.

Be an example for your kids:  if they see you drinking water, possibilities are they’ll do the same. I’ve no idea about your home, but at my home the best way to get a child thinking about consuming or consuming something is if they think it’s a treat mom or father are enjoying.

Limit their choices. In our house the options are milk or water. That’s it. This makes meal times less complex, makes travel less complex, and decreases the asking for other choices. Does my fifth grader still occasionally wistfully reveal that she’s going to have root beer in her refrigerator all the time when she’s a grown up? Well, yes. However, in the meantime, we’re her moms and dads and we make the guidelines.

Taste your water.  How does it taste? Could you benefit from a water filter? Filtered water may enhance the taste and hold higher attract your kid, and to the grown ups alike.

Travel with water

  • Take water with you. It’s cheaper, more practical, greener than buying bottled water on the run and it’ll help you stay clear of the drive-thru soda trap.
  • Use a cooler or insulated cozy for your canteen to assist keep it cool. Feeling crafty? There are a few patterns to make your very own right here, right here, and right here.
  • Freeze your child’s water if they’re packing it in a lunch box so that it’s thawed to a tasty consuming temperature level by the time they prepare to enjoy it.

Make it fun!

  • Let them personalize their cups or color code their bottles.
  • If you’ve a child whose character reacts well to goal setting and visual incentives, keep a chart on the fridge so that they can track their water usage.
  • Do not ignored the power of bendy straws, paper umbrellas, and ice cubes in enjoyable shapes.

As with many things, encouraging kids to consume water is a change that’s the very best possibility of excellence if the moms and dads blaze a trail. Whether you choose to gradually wean your household off of sugary beverages or you go ‘cold-turkey’ I think you’ll agree with me that avoiding soft drink and juice and drinking water will have you and your kids feeling better, healthier, and happier.

Do your kids consume water? Or do they need a little encouragement? How do you encourage consuming water in your house?

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