Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.
If you were to take a peek into the refrigerator at our house you would find veggies, butter, yogurt, and the gallon of milk or two (or three) that you would expect a family of six to have.
However, you might be surprised by what is missing: the arsenal of juice boxes, drink pouches, and soda cans standard in the typical family diet – but we don’t actually miss those things at all.
What quenches our thirst? Water. Cool, refreshing water.
At our house my kids know that their beverage choices are milk, water, and our daily smoothie. We limit juice, avoid soda, and focus on drinking water.
It wasn’t always this way, and if I’m being honest, I need to admit that some of my kids (those who have been drinking water from the time they were toddlers) don’t need very much encouragement to drink water. Drinking water is already a life-long habit for my younger kids.
But, some of them do need a little extra incentive to hydrate with water from time to time. This was especially true when we first began to focus on developing this good habit together as a family. For my oldest, it isn’t quite as easy.
Moms and Dads, are you having a hard time convincing your kids to drink water?
I understand, I’ve been in your shoes, and I have a few suggestions that might help.