We know it.
We’ve heard it.
We are way up with the play on how good water is for us….. BUT do we drink it?
As we head into the warmer months down here in the Southern Hemisphere, I am reminded that a lot of the time my own grumpiness, and my children’s whining, is coming down to the fact that we are all a bit dehydrated.
Children aren’t good at noticing when they are thirsty, or dehydrated. For them, it feels the same as being hungry, that’s the only feeling that they can attach it to, and it’s our job to help teach them.
Here’s a couple of things that I’m going to be starting again this week in my house.
- drink bottles/ glass of water, on the table in the morning while they have their breakfast
- growing an expectation that drinking the water on the table is a part of them having breakfast
- making sure that their drink bottles are full in their bags for school
- having a spare drink bottle in the car – it’s always in the car on the ride home from school that they are thirsty!
- having a glass of water on the table with their tea
- BIGGEST TIP: Making sure that I carry my own drink bottle around with me during the day. Goal for someone my age and stage is to drink 3 x 750ml drink bottles of water a day (this is an estimate) –
You can’t preach what you don’t practice and kids will notice!