It’s unfortunate, but most kids aren’t drinking enough water, even if they’re active throughout the day. When kids drink water, their energy levels improve, their mental health is better, and their risk for some physical illness decreases. While their exact water intake will depend on their height, weight, and activity level, between six and eight cups a day is good for most children.
Encouraging Your Children to Drink Water
1. Make drinking water fun.
From shaped ice cubes to crazy straws and colorful water bottles, kids are more likely to drink water when it looks fun. You can also think about carbonating the water and adding fruit slices to it.
2. Have a friendly competition among your family.
Nothing encourages a kid to do something quite like making it a game. Using a sticker chart, have each of your kids tally up how many glasses of water they drink each day. Then, at the end of the week, the person with the most stickers wins a prize.
3. Limit how much juice and soda you buy.
When fruit punch and soda are sitting in the fridge, it’s unlikely any kid will pick water when they’re looking for something to drink. One of the easiest ways to encourage your kids to drink more water is limit their access to sugary drinks. Try to buy sugary drinks only for special occasions and let friends or family take extra bottles home with them at the end of the night.