Encouraging children to drink more water and keep hydrated is always a challenge for parents. Indeed Robinson’s conducted a study in November 2005 of 2000 adults which found two out three (64%) parents said they do not know how much water their children should be drinking each day, and 42% saying their children find the taste of water ‘boring’.
My children are very active and need to have plenty to drink to keep their bodies working at its optimum level. There are so many sugary options that kids get tempted by – smoothies, fizzy drinks and fruit juices all contain stacks of sugar that are really bad for children’s teeth and can cause tooth decay from a young age if they have too much.
I always try to encourage to boys to limit themselves to one sugary drink a day, ideally to have with food and the rest of the time to drink milk or plain old water. Corporation beer as we used to call it!
When we go out to eat at restaurants I don’t even give them a choice – we just ask for a jug of tap water!
Squashd, from Robinsons drinks, are a brilliant way to liven up water. In flavours such as:
- Passion fruit and mango
- Apple and blackcurrant
- Lemon and lime
- Summer fruits: and
- Orange and Peach
Small enough to fit in your handbag for when out and about they are also convenient and handy to grab and go. The Robinsons range contains no added sugar, is free from artificial colours and preservatives and is a great way to stay refreshed this summer.
Tips and tricks for keeping kids refreshed over Summer:
- Make up ice lollies by freezing Robinson’s Squashd in water in ice lolly moulds
- Keep a carton of Squashd in your bag when visiting restaurants to liven up tap water
- Use a star chart to encourage drinking of water – first to fill it gets their choice of a day out!
- Drink tap water when eating out at restaurants (perhaps add some Squashd!) – tastes delicious and makes a massive difference to the bill at the end of the meal!
- Take water bottles out with you every time you leave the house so you always have something refreshing to drink or refill.
I think the trick is to only give young children water from the very start so they don’t get used to the sweetness of high sugar drinks. Their teeth will thank you for it!
This post is an entry for BritMums #DrinkMoreWater Challenge, sponsored by “Robinsons”.