1. Make it fun!
Let kids choose a fun water bottle or cup with a favorite color or character. They will drink more if it has a cool container. You tend to drink more with a straw so buy a big pack of disposable or a few funky re-usable and get to sipping! Adding a slice of lemon or orange can make flavor it without loads of sugar. Teach kids fun facts about water.
2. Make it easy!
Have water easily available at all times. If you fridge does not have a dispenser, put a dispenser in the fridge so it's always ready to go. Have a stash of water bottles ready to grab on the go for practices or school.
3. Make it cold!
Kids tend to like water better when it's cold. Keep water in the fridge and have fun shaped ice cubes to add in. Consider freezing fun non-toxic toys (small enough to fit but not to swallow) inside so they get a little reward when they finish their bottle.
4. Make it clear!
As much as we don't like to admit it, kids love to talk about pee. Take advantage of it and tell them about the pee test. Dark needs more water and near clear is good to go. Make it seem like a game.
5. Make it happen!
Kids learn by example. If they don't see you drinking water they are not likely to. We can't drink soda all day and expect them to be content with water. Show them the importance by being a fan of water yourself.
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