It’s no secret that drinking water is essential to our survival. As parents we need to ensure our children get enough water during the day and that can be a bit of a challenge especially if they prefer sweet or flavorful drinks. Again no surprise there since almost every commercial they see is of a kid enjoying an artificially colored and flavored drink that is just loaded with sugar.
So what do you do to ensure your child is getting at least their minimum requirement of water intake each day and staying away from those unhealthy options?
Here’s 1 Simple Trick to Get Your Child to Drink More Water.
Before I share my super simple trick with you, I want to express my understanding from one parent to another. The struggle of getting our kids to eat or drink anything we want them to is a constant STRUGGLE. I think if my son ever ate a piece of broccoli after the first time I asked him to, (or even ate it on his own) I’d probably faint! The truth is, kids love to push our buttons and since they are so cute we sometimes encourage them to do so (you know this is also true). So, we have to get creative which brings me to my point…
We have to make things FUN! That includes the way we present food and drinks.
So, what is my simple trick for getting your child to drink more water? Make it FUN to drink.
Now you may be thinking, “How am I supposed to make something that is colorless and tasteless fun?”
And there is so many ways to answer that. You can play a game, sing a song, use a bit of food coloring to color the water, add a bit of kool-aid to the mix, or even put it in a fun cup. I could go on and on but the message is still the same…Make it fun!
Think of the last time you really (really) wanted your child to do something. Didn’t you bust out the old bribery card and tell them that if they did this, they could get that? Yep, it’s time to play that game. I am not saying to spoil your child or go overboard. I am simply saying that if a kid see’s something that is fun they will naturally want to play, eat, or even drink it. So have fun with drinking more water as a family! Need some more ideas? Here are 10 ways to get your child to drink more water.
Things to Consider:
Our sponsor Nestlé® Pure Life® conducted a recent survey where moms and kids revealed many surprising insights about their hydration habits. Here are some of their findings:
- 97% of moms think making one healthy choice leads to making other healthy choices.
- Water is one of the biggest “healthy habit” struggles moms have with their kids (38%), even more than struggles like “eat your fruit” (29%), “get enough exercise (23%), “eat your breakfast” (19%), and “drink your milk” (18%).
- 33% of kids find it hard to remember to drink water without reminder and only half of moms (52%) regularly remind their child to drink water.
These results didn’t go unnoticed which is why Nestlé® Pure Life® is partnering with Partnership for a Healthier America’s Drink Up Initiative and After-School All- Stars to encourage America’s youth to drink more water. By providing helpful tools and resources to moms and their children, we can help establish good habits for a healthier tomorrow and you can get involved!