I have the hardest time getting my kids to drink water. We don't do soda in our home, but my children still prefer milk, juice or breakfast smoothies over regular old H2O. I can relate. I wasn't really into “boring old water” when I was a kid either, but I know that it's crucial for the health and wellness of our bodies.
I find that my family is much more inclined to hydrate if I flavor water with fruit such as Halos, raspberries, lemons and blueberries. I simply fill up a jug in the morning with filtered water and ice cubes and washed fruit to the mix. As it sits, the water starts to take on the flavor of its add-ins. The kids think it's fun, and I'm happy that I'm not having to constantly remind them to get their eight glasses in before bedtime. Plus, the fruit makes for a nice little snack when the water gets low.
You can even use a special portable infuser bottle for fruit-infused water on the go. Many families also use a home carbonator to make water “fizzy” for their kids. Skipping the sugar and dye and sticking with straight seltzer water is a good way to get the hydration benefits in an exciting, bubbly manner.
How do you encourage your kids to drink enough water?