8 Tips to Get Your Child to Drink More Water
By Donna Kostiew
Prior to being a parent, I never really considered the importance of drinking water. Sure, I would have some during the day, after a workout, with my meals sometimes, but it wasn’t a big deal to me. In other words, I never sat down to think if I was drinking the recommended amount each day. Now that I have children though, I am constantly aware of how much water they consume each day and am always looking for ways to get them to drink more.
Getting Your Child to Give Up Those Sugary Drinks
Initially, my approach to this was to drastically cut ties with the juice and soda. I even became “that mom” … you know, the mean one, when I stopped buying juice boxes cold turkey. My kids never knew what hit them. But you know what? They got over it and it worked for us because within a couple of days they stopped asking for those addictive little boxes of sugar.
Tips to Get More Water Into Your Child’s Body Every Day
It helps to let your children get involved in as many of these tips as possible. By taking part in the process, they will feel encouraged to drink more water on their own.
- Let your child pick out their own reusable water bottle
- Track their water consumption and turn it into a game
- Save the juice boxes, sodas, and other sugary drinks for special occasions only
- Infuse fruits, cucumbers, and mint leaves into their water
- If you buy bottles of water, keep the refrigerator stocked
- Use frozen fruit in place of ice cubes
- Buy a filter so that your tap water doesn’t taste bad
- Be an example for your children and drink plenty of water around them
The amount of water a child needs each day depends on many factors, but a general rule is that they should drink at least six to eight cups of water a day. Getting your child to become more inclined to drink water usually comes down to two things: availability and appeal. It’s simple, really. Stop buying the sugary drinks, slowly if you have to, and keep water readily available in your home and when they are at school. Then follow the tips above or come up with your own to help your child find the appeal in drinking water.
For us parents, the appeal is apparent. Water is essential for overall health and wellness and can create havoc in our children’s’ bodies if they don’t drink enough of it. So let’s be that example and drink more water in front of our kids. We can even go out and get a really cool water bottle to carry around as well.
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