Water is a big deal in our house. For one, it is pretty much the only thing I let my children drink. I’m a pretty strict mum on some of those healthy living things, and drinking water is one of them. But they never drink enough.
The oft-heard excuse when you are trying to put your children to bed, is that they just want a drink. They drag their drink bottle to school every day, and it comes back as full as when it left. They say they are drinking from the fountain, but the truth is they are far too busy playing for that!
A quick sip is not enough, they need to drink a really significant amount of water. For me, as an adult, the calculations say that I should be drinking two litres of water a day, so I now fill up a container and try and get through it every day …. it is hard some days. I’ve also figured out and then found research to back me up, that often times when children are ‘hungry’ is because they are actually dehydrated, but they don’t recognise, or know, what that feeling is, and so they say ‘hungry’ because that is near close enough.
I used to let the kids just help themselves to filling up a glass of water, but I couldn’t tell how much they were drinking over a day. I now have their drink bottles on the table and I just check how much is left at the end of the day.
It’s a really good habit, that I’m trying to teach them while they are young – Drink your Water!