I generally stick by the rule that between meals, my kids can have only water to drink. Sometimes this rule is met with hesitance from kids who want milk or juice, and are willing to risk being disciplined to whine and complain. Sound familiar?
Especially in the summer, it’s so important to keep their little bodies hydrated, and even more than that, I want my kids to thirst for water and have the healthy habit of consuming lots of it everyday all throughout their lives!
The best way I’ve found to increase their water intake, and decrease the conflict over drinking water is to offer water in an array of fun ways. Offering a regular cup to a toddler who usually only has a sippy cup is very intriguing to them! (And if they spill, who cares? It’s only water!) Placing a straw in a cup makes drinking plain water a whole lot more interesting. Having a fun reusable water bottle makes all the difference– check out some options on amazon.com! Use popsicle molds to make “water pops” on a stick and offer them to your kids on a hot afternoon. Use shaped ice trays to make fun shaped cubes to add to their water– Stinkbug loves to rattle his sippy cup and hear the ice cubes making noise! If your water is safe, let them drink from the hose when they’re playing outside…