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5 Ways to Get Your Children to Drink More Water

Updated on February 26, 2013

Some ideas!

Any fruit is a great addition!
Any fruit is a great addition! | Source
This cup allows them to decorate their own cup!
This cup allows them to decorate their own cup!
Kids will be excited to get the water themselves AND it will always be cold and ready!
Kids will be excited to get the water themselves AND it will always be cold and ready!
Frozen fruit and water pops!
Frozen fruit and water pops!

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Wasn't it Mary Poppins who said "Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down"? In my house, we have taken that to extremes! Luckily, my children are addicted to fruit juice but even most fruit juices are loaded with sugar and still not the same as water. Come to think of it, I am probably the worst one in my house when it comes to what I drink. I am a soda "Junkie"- Not an addict, a literal junkie. Yes, I have read and studied all of the reasons why diet soda is bad for us and have decided that my precious silver can is worth the risk. When I run out, I even hold my empty can so I don't go through separation anxiety...... Okay, its not that bad but you get the idea. I have been attacking what we eat with a vengeance and have neglected to focus on the liquids we put into our bodies- so the journey starts today.

Why do our bodies need water?

  • Brain Power - yep, water can make you smarter! Since your brain is made up mostly of water, keeping your water tanks full will allow you to stay more alert and aware. Without enough water, your brain cannot function well which can lead to headaches and migraines.
  • Look Younger - Your entire body is made up of water, including your skin! Drinking plenty of water will keep these cells full and plump which can help reduce the appearance and depth of wrinkles!
  • Weight Loss - Water assists in digestion and boosts your metabolism. Water also regulates your body temperature so you are able to have a more productive workout!
  • Health Benefits - Drinking lots of water helps to fight against flu and things like kidney stones and heart attacks. Add lemon to your water and it will help fight respiratory disease, intestinal problems, rheumatism and arthritis.
  • Mood Enhancer and Energy Booster - Water helps to flush toxins out of your body. Without enough water, you heart has to work harder to get the oxygenated cells to the rest of your body. This tires out your body which means you are a bit exhausted too! Giving your body enough water will allow it to run at peak function - so it will be happy and it should share the love!

I know that there are many more reasons but Those are just a few of the reasons why water is good for us.

So...now we know it is good for us.....How do we get our kids (eh...ourselves) to drink more?!?!

Here are 5 GREAT Ways to get your kids to drink More WATER!

  1. Make it accessible - Soda and juices are so convenient because they are kept in the fridge so they always cold. EVERYTHING tastes better cold! So keep a large water jug or dispenser where your children can access it! If you get one like the one pictured, you can refill it yourself and your children will LOVE the fact that they can get it themselves!
  2. Add Fruit - I know that a lot of folks add lemon and lime but maybe you want your water to have a bit more pizazz! Try adding watermelon, oranges, berries, or even cucumber to your water. Freeze the fruit first and you will have delicious ice cubes!
  3. Fun Cups - Any fun cup will do! A cute sipper, a cup with a crazy straw, or try a cup that your child can decorate! You can actually use their favorite piece of artwork, a picture, or have them design something super special. Taking the time to sit with your child and decorate this cup will make it special for them and they will use it more!
  4. FREEZE IT! Make an ice pop for summer fun! Add fresh fruit and sit it in a mold (or use a dixie cup and a Popsicle stick) in the freezer.
  5. Make it a game! Get a chalk board or dry erase board and track EVERYONE in the families water intake! The first one to eight cups wins!

I hope that these fun tips help your family to drink more water. Doctors recommend 8 8ounce glasses per day. Yes, I know that there are concerns out there about the safety of tap water and you can learn more by visiting www.epa.gov/safewater/annual and by calling your local water agency.The EPA believes that at least 90 percent of the United State's Drinking Water is safe but if you still want to be extra careful, you can also test your water yourself, using a home test kit. These tests detect lead, arsenic, pesticides, and bacteria. Two reputable ones are PurTest and Discover testing. The kits sell for $10 to $30.

Good luck to your children (and yourself) on developing better water drinking habits! if you have any tips, PLEASE SHARE!

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      Rocky 2 years ago

      What a pleasure to find someone who idnetifies the issues so clearly

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      Heather May 4 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks careermommy for reading! I hope your kids enjoy it! Strawberry water is by far my kids favorite---watermelon was a second. Send some of that warm weather to Ohio please!

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      Heather May 4 years ago from Ohio

      Twoseven - That is a GREAT POINT! the kids always want what mommy or daddy has! Thanks for tips!

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      Heather May 4 years ago from Ohio

      thank you for reading stephanie27!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Mommymay, I love these ideas, especially the idea of adding fruit to water. We have some strawberries so I will try adding that and see how my kids react. I'm also going to try freezing some, with fruit. It'll be a nice treat this weekend since it'll be hot in my neck of the woods!

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      twoseven 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Great advice! I find that keeping a full water bottle in the car at all times works wonders. It's something to do, and my son always prefers drinking anything that is mine! :) so this gets us both to drink more.

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Great suggestions for making drinking water fun for the kiddos! :)

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      Heather May 4 years ago from Ohio

      Joe - thank you for reading and for your flattering words (kudos to your wife for training, I mean "teaching" you well. Sadly my personal battle with soda will be worse than the struggle up the mountain to the leader board! Maybe if I break from it, I will talk about how bad it was for me to drink but to do so now would be hypocritical! Can't wait to read your next hub! Thanks again!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Good morning, Heather!

      This is one of the best hubs I've read in a while! The lead paragraph sets the stage for what follows--I love the creative and amusing self-deprecating style because so many of us can relate to this concept of drinking lots of everything BUT H2O.

      You are most definitely a rising star here in Hubsville, and I predict you will be on the leader board within a couple of years. Seems like a long time, but I believe the Xanadu at the top is worth the fatigue-ridden ascent of the mountain.

      Great work, Heather! Thanks for sharing! In just ten seconds, I'm doing the same!

      Joe