I have to hold my had up and say I am one of the parents that don’t know how much water the kids should be drinking a day, and although I am lucky and the Monkey and Mouse don’t moan about the taste of water – we all consider it a bit boring. When I heard about the #EnjoyMoreWater Challenge sponsored by Robinsons, I thought it would be fun to join in!
I started by asking the kids what they thought would make them drink more water. They drew their ideas down and then ‘presented’ them to me. Mouse decided that she would drink more water if it was a sunny hot day and she was playing outside. She drew down her idea and told me that if I could turn the Sun on she would drink more water!
Monkey on the other hand had a more elaborate plan, he said that is he was outside with his dog, sunbathing under a tree with his light sabre he would more than likely drink more water. When I pointed out he didn’t have a dog, he said I would have to buy him one. At 8 years old my son decided that bribery was the way forward and that if I buy him a dog of his very own he would drink more water.
A little perplexed at these suggestions, I asked hubby what he thought. Being an artist he wanted to doodle his idea……..Fruit flavoured rain, that way the kids would just step outside and be happy to drink the rain water.As much as these ideas are fantastic, I am not sure how much control I have of when the sun is out or what flavour the rain is, and I am sue that buying a dog as a bribe isn’t the best option!! So what else can we do?
Well, you could use Robinson’s Squash’d. Now I will be honest, I have seen these before and not bought them because I thought they were a bit of a novelty. Now having tried them I think they are fab. Perfect size for hand bags, glove boxes, pockets and picnic boxes! Just grab so water, add one squirt and off you go. We six delicious flavours there is an option for everyone.
Join them! After a run around, a game of football or generally something tuna dn active outdoors, all sit down together and enjoy a drink of water! If they see you doing it, they are more likely too – leading by example!
Bribe I mean Reward them, use a reward chart with some cool stickers, so they can see how much they are drinking and they will feel like they are doing something good, or tell then for every 2 glasses of water they drink they can have a glass with a ‘super duper shot’ of Robinsons Squash’d in it!!
Serve Water in a ‘special’ glass or cup. Monkey and Mouse love drinking from anything they are not usually ‘allowed’ to drink out of – a Wine Glass, Mummy’s favourite cup or a mason jar with lid and straw – Not that I have banned them from these I hasten to add, but they just don’t normally have these.
Tell them the truth!! Tell your kids why you want them to drink more, tell them it is good for them, that they will feel fresher, that their skin will be better and it will help keep their insides fresh. My two love facts and often if they know why they are doing something, they will do it. When school did a session on eating your five a day – we were counting portions for months!
“This post is an entry for BritMums #EnjoyMoreWater Challenge, sponsored by Robinsons”