How to encourage your kids to drink more water
How to Encourage Your Kids to Drink More Water
It can be extremely challenging to get kids to drink the recommended daily intake of water for a number of reasons. Firstly, it’s a lot of water – 1.5 to 2 litres of water is a significant amount of water! Secondly, it’s not as appealing as soft drinks and juices. Lastly, kids are just go, go, go all the time so it’s hard to get them to stop and drink! Here are some tips we’ve come up with that will help encourage your kids to drink more water.
Make it readily available
Kids only choose sugary drinks because they’re aware they exist and are given permission to have them. If you want to limit the number of sugary drinks that they consume, simply stop buying them. Instead, make water the one and only choice, because if water is the only drink in sight, then your child is more likely to request it.
Set a positive example
One of the easiest, yet most important ways to encourage your kids to love water is by simply being a water lover yourself. Kids are copycats, so let them learn from the best! You’ll appreciate the increase in your child’s water consumption, and enjoy the benefits of drinking more water yourself – it’s a win-win situation!
Add some natural flavour
Adding in some sliced fruit like berries, lemon, or lime is a great way to make water taste a bit more exciting because let’s be honest, it’s quite boring on its own! You could even purchase a water bottle with a built-in infuser for them to take to school or sport.
Make it fun!
Printed cups, personalised drink bottles, silly straws and novelty ice cubes are just a few ways to make drinking water more fun. Next time you go to the shops, let your child pick out a fun cup or some silly straws so that they start to have positive associations with drinking water.
We hope these tips help you on your quest to increase your child’s daily H20 intake! Good luck!