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How (and why) our kids drink (almost) only water

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by Tsh

Tsh is the founder of this blog and lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

I am constantly filling up our water jug—I’d say about twice daily, the kids will shout from the kitchen: “Mom! We’re out of water again!” I’ll drag the emptied container out of the fridge, refill it from the kitchen sink, and slug it back on the reachable fridge shelf.

We’re are an 80/20 family. Kyle and I feel that if we feed our kids (and ourselves) 80 percent healthy, whole, quality foods, every now and then, we can treat ourselves with a 20 percent dessert or snack. In other words—we advocate healthy eating to our kids, but we don’t demonize the occasional sweet.

However, there’s one area where we’ve pretty much exclusively stuck to the ultimate health food/substance/whatever: water. From day one, our kids have drunk almost nothing but water, so it’s just not weird to them.

Here’s how we make sure our kids stay hydrated throughout the day with good old H2O.

1. We make it easy for them to get their own.

Read: the water dispenser above. This is a simple, affordable container with a lever spigot we keep in the fridge, and the kids are allowed to get their own drink whenever they want. Even the two-year-old. (Update: our youngest is now four, and we still use this.)

Yes, this means messes. But it’s only water, and I’d rather have to soak up a nonstick puddle over constantly getting up to get them more water. And I love that this fosters independence.

2. There’s nothing else to drink…

Tate will occasionally ask if we can get orange juice as a special breakfast treat, but I think we do this about twice a year. The rest of the time, it’s just water and milk, and even the latter is mostly a cooking ingredient, not a beverage.

It makes life pretty easy when the kids have no other options save water. It’s all they’ve known from day one, so they’ve never really complained about it.

3. …But we’ll make the occasional special drink pretty special.

Once in a blue moon, we’ll let Tate have an Italian soda at home (we love our Soda Stream), but we rarely drink anything but bubbly water with a squirt of lime or lemon juice.


Kyle whips up a huckleberry Italian soda.

When it’s Italian soda time, we pull down the syrups from the top of the pantry, mix it in a pretty six-ounce glass with a straw, and fill it with plenty of ice. And we each only get one.

Update: We now do this with fruit slices or purée. We didn’t dig the dyes in syrups.

4. They take sealed water bottles to bed.

From the crib to the full-size twin bed, our kids have always had water bottles near their beds. We don’t emphasize drinking a ton during the night, but it’s there if they need it.

Update: Our kids are now all potty-trained, and this hasn’t caused any bed-wetting. It took our six-year-old awhile, but he’s fine now.

5. They also take them when we leave the house.

Shoes on? Check. Diaper bag? Check. Books to read in the car? Check. Water bottles? Check.

We rarely leave the house without water bottles, which means almost no complaints of thirst. It saves us tons of money on needless drive-throughs, not to mention a significantly-reduced sugar intake. If we’re gone all day, we’ll even add a larger water dispenser to the back of the car, and refill as needed.

Overall, we just make sure drinking water is a normal part of the day. The grownups do it, so the kids do it, too. We don’t constantly preach the evils of soda or juice (but we’ll remind them of their lack of nutrition if the topic is breached)—we just drink water. It’s a non-issue, really.

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How about your family? Is it hard to convince your kids to only drink water? Or is it just how things are in your home?

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  1. Ugh- we’ve done a little apple juice with water forever. I’ve dug my own grave. I’d love some tips on how to reverse the damage I’ve done! Thinking about weaning them of reducing the apple juice to water ratio over a week or so.
    Any help would be appreciated. I know it’s such a healthy habit!

    • I don’t have personal experience here (maybe other parents can chime in?), but I’ve heard gradually decreasing the juice in the juice-water concoction until they’re eventually down to only water might help.

      I’d love to hear if someone else has had success weaning kids off juice.

      • We do water-only in the spring/summer/early fall months where fruit are in season and are plentiful. In the winter months (we live in New Brunswick, Canada which is above Maine) we do 100% orange juice once a day –watered down sometimes–due to fruit being expensive, not local and frankly not worth buying.

        My two-year doesn’t request juice for his thirst, but water. So I know we are on the right track! (That will continue to let us know if we are on the right track.)

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          liza lee grace says:

          I just straight-up quit buying juice. I tell them that if they’re thirsty, they can drink the water. When they truly are, they take the water. If they weren’t, then they choose to go without a drink. It’s helped them to pay attention to what their bodies really need.

          • I used to give my kids water with a splash of juice too. I thought they would drink more because it was sweet. For the past 2 years we give the kids a green smoothie in the morning (which sometimes has orange juice in it) and that’s all they get for the day. The rest of the time they drink water. No substitutes. And when there is no alternative, they will drink water and actually begin to crave it.

            Wish you luck with the transition! Drinking pure water at an early age is such a great habit— and I love how Tsh explained all the ways we can make this possible throughout the day.

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      Brittany West says:

      We weaned a little bit but found it easier to stop cold turkey. We listened to whining for a couple of days, but they drink a small glass of milk in the morning and water all day. We still get asked for juice occasionally, but it makes it especially easy when we don’t have it in the house.

    • I know your situation. My son suffered from digestive disorder in his second year, and after trying e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g I found out that some fruit juice solved all his problems. So of course we kept letting him drink water with a splash of juice and I wondered whether he would need to do this for his entire life. :-) Naturally there were tears when only water was available because he was used to the juicy taste. Until this summer! He noticed that if we filled his bottle with apple juice/water the drink would go bad within hours on a hot day. I used to replace the drink in the past, but this time I thought I’d just try and explain to him that water wouldn’t taste bad all day and suggested to just take water with us when leaving the house. And he agreed (now he is 4 yo). With the meals he usually can choose if he wants to have a glass of water only or with a splash of juice. (His digestive troubles didn’t appear again, btw.) I am not sure if this is helpful at all. I just wanted to encourage you to look at your kids and their needs and maybe find a situation where it’s possible to decide together rather than overrule them. Good luck!

    • We did Tsh’s method for child #1. Water only, no exceptions.

      Child #2 came and thought it would be “a treat” for #1 to have some juice. This spilled over to #2 having juice/water combo instead of regular water and after a year or two, she nearly tire of thirst before drinking water.

      One day, the juice was gone. When she asked, I told her it was gone – over, and over, and over… lol. She still asks now and then, and we do have juice (reserved for husband and his cheater Italian soda’s), but she only gets water.
      We used to do juice & water too, and my youngest would ask nearly turn her nose up at water unless there was juice in it.

      • I have a hubby and one of my 5 kiddos that just flat out refuses to drink just water. I’ve had to buy some of the Propel-type packets to add to it just so they will stay hydrated. (I avoid the ones with Aspertame though)
        We used to buy a lot of juice – and with 5 kids, went through it very fast. I have a big water container in my fridge (for at least 14 years or so) – and when I stopped buying as much juice (I do occasionally), and there was nothing in the fridge but water or milk -they had to learn to drink it. I also had to stop buying chocolate syrup (that i would use on ice cream) – as they started using it in their milk all the time.
        I used to hate drinking water when I was a kid (I was a juice lover!) – but my sister had to drink only water when she was in basketball – and I thought I would take up that challenge as well. I’m glad I did. I LOVE nothing better than an ice-cold glass of ice water! Yum!!
        I also carry around a water bottle everywhere – and my kids are shocked if I’m out and don’t have it! I’m trying to teach them to grab one as well, as inevitably I get the “can I have a drink from your water mom? I’m thirsty!!”

        This summer – my kids have gotten into making smoothies most every day – to satisfy their thirst, the need for something really cold, and something fruity. Frozen fruit (and sometimes some veges thrown in) and either water, skim milk or a little yogurt . . . Yum!!

        Thanks for sharing and encouraging us Tsh!

        • Oh – I do have to say . . . I like that phrase “80/20 family”. That definitely describes us (though – we’ve been more like 50/50 at times!) We do still have soda for birthday parties or special events, and dessert is definitely a “must-have” at our family . . though, the only dessert that truly qualifies as a dessert in the eyes of my kids is ice cream! (They are their mother’s children!) I have to admit though – I’ve been buying less ice cream and desserts lately – trying to get them out of this entitlement attitude they have had about having dessert every night. I have found them making healthier smoothies instead. :)
          We are a long way from being the health-nuts/organic family that some of my family members are . . .but we are miles ahead of others in terms of nutrition.
          Balance . . . all in balance – and knowing what’s best for your family.

          Oh – one last thing to chew on. . . I once read the title of a book that has stuck with me forever . . . “You’re not sick, You’re thirsty”! I think many of our issues can be because of dehydration. With that being said – if you have tried to switch your child over to just water and they are NOT getting the hydration they need . . . I would not hesitate to add in a little flavor of some type! It’s better to be well hydrated with a little sugar or flavoring in it than to be dehydrated. Dehydration can do a lot more damage to our bodies than we realize!

          • One thing I have done for a healthy dessert is to grill fruit. Pineapple, peaches and pears are especially tasty grilled. Get your grill nice and hot and then put the fruit, with indirect heat, on the grill. That means that if you use charcoal move the coals to the sides of the grill and put the fruit in the middle, if you have a gas grill turn the burner in the middle off and put the fruit where there isn’t a direct flame. The heat caramelizes the sugars and makes them super sweat! It is like dessert but healthier. My kids love it!

  2. We are the same here. We have just had water since day one so that is what our kids like (they do have the occasional chocolate milk when we go out but they don’t tolerate it very well so it isn’t very often). We do keep juice in the fridge (for making smoothies mainly) but they very rarely ask for a glass and, when they get it, they have a few sips and leave the rest. They have never had soda because they can’t stand the bubbles in sparkling water (yay!). My kids are 10 and 7 too so not toddlers. We do talk about the evils of soda though if the subject comes up (which has resulted in my ‘once in a blue moon’ soda when we eat out being given up…). I need to get that dispenser! We have glass jugs and our youngest finds them too heavy and unwieldy and I am getting very tired of the constant ‘Mum, can you get me a glass of water’ routine.

  3. what kind of water bottles do you recommend for taking to bed and for taking with you? i am trying to figure out what kind of water bottles to get for my 3 year old and 6 year old girls. i have been using disposables and re-filling bc my 6 year old has sensory issues and will only drink out of certain types of water bottles- but my 3 year old is more flexible, so i would love some recommendations. thanks!

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      christine says:

      My 4 and 2 year old’s love their kid Camelbaks. They have fun designs, a straw (I noticed they drink more with straws), super durable, leak proof and easy to clean. They take theirs to bed and we take them out. Really it’s just their bottle. It’s out all day for them to drink from and at meal time their cups to use.

      • We also use kid camelbaks for my toddler and he loves it. My baby (who doesn’t drink as much water since she still isn’t one, but she loves it more than anything else) drinks from a playtex straw cup. She can also drink from a camelbak, but it’s a little large for her. My son’s first camelbak did start to leak after about a year, but he had it since he was 1, so maybe a little rougher with it than it was intended.

    • We do this too – I’ve used several and I like the sigg little bottles best. I also try to wedge them into a place in their bed or next to it where it won’t tip over and make a puddle in their bed if they forget to close it. They’re a little pricey, but mine have lasted well. http://www.amazon.com/Sigg-Baby-Water-Bottle-0-3-Liters/dp/B000RI4G14

  4. Our kids have always been happy to drink water. We’re lucky that our tap water tastes good. there are some places in town where it tastes horrible, so it would be harder there. They used to have half apple juice diluted with water for school snacks, but i’ve given up that now too and they just take water with them to school.

  5. Those are really good tips for having kids drink water! My son is g tube fed so I have complete control over what he “drinks” and its always water. My husband and I pretty much only drink water also. We’re praying for the day my son will be off the tube and hopefully we’ll be able to keep him a water drinker.

    • My daughter, now 4 years old, was tube fed for 2.5 years, she now drinks water and only water, she has been offered milk but refuses and a sneaky soda on a very special occasion but would not drink it. I think it actually made it easier that she was tube fed! Best of luck xx

  6. My kids drink milk for breakfast and water the rest of the day. They get to drink homemade juice about once a month on their special day with day. I think it helps that that’s what we (the parents) drink, and there just isn’t anything else.

  7. I drink water, milk, and an occasional fruit juice. My husband has to have a few Cokes a day. Right now it’s easy to keep my toddler drinking milk and water. I don’t know who she will side with as she gets older (water-loving mama or soda-guzzling papa).

    • I’m going to be in the same boat as you. I drink one coffee a day and then water/club soda and the occasional smoothy the rest of the time. We have diet cokes in the house, though, for my husband. I’d love to just keep all soda out of the house, but one of the perks of being an adult is that you get to decide what to eat & drink. Doesn’t seem fair to my husband if I ban soda.

  8. Water and milk are the options we’ve given so there’s rarely resistance. We indulge in the very occasional juice but that’s about it. We live in an area where many kids her age (2) are getting sweet tea and pop but she hasn’t seem to notice yet. And when she does, we’ll simply have to explain we do things differently.

  9. Our kids drink water, milk, and iced tea (unsweetened and decaffeinated). We put rubber bands on our glass of the day and the goal is 8 rubber bands. After 6 waters you can have 2 teas, if you choose. Soda and juice are not options. In fact, at their grammy’s house, she flavors her water with fruit and they see that as a HUGE treat!

    • What a great idea!

    • Excellent idea, Bryssy! Thanks so much for sharing.

    • This is what I’m starting with my daughter who is 7 months right now. She is just getting little bits of water here and there and sometimes it is plain and sometimes it is flavored with fruit like apples and cinnamon. I drink both the flavored and non throughout the day so its not a hassle to make the flavored water and I want her to have a palate for a variety of flavors, tastes, and consistences.

  10. It is so good that you are raising your children with this start. I was raised in the 70’s when everyone drank sodas, everyone “knew” that sweet fruit juices were good for you, and gatorade was the sport drink of choice. It has taken me years of concentrated effort to learn to like water. I still find that I yearn for soda on occasion. Start good habits young!

    DSG
    Zenpresence.com

  11. I drink a cup of coffee in the morning, and the rest of the day I drink water. I probably drink over half a gallon each day. I went off soda pop almost 14 years ago when I was a cook at a wilderness camp. It wasn’t available so I didn’t drink it. Now pop and juice are too sweet and strong for me. I water my juice down if I ever drink it. My kids drink lots of water too. They have milk or silk at dinner, but the rest of the day it is water. Not pop (unless their dad gives it to them=)) or juice. I just don’t keep it in the house. And we need much less milk in our diets than the gov’t would like us to believe. Anyway-I love the idea of the dispenser. Kids would think it is cool, and that would be the incentive to get them drinking. Yay!

  12. My husband finds pure water “too bland” sadly and usually mixes his with juice or squash to add flavour. I hope that maybe with time he’ll join me on the H2O side…
    We also keep a few cans of “emergency coke” hidden in a kitchen drawer. They come in handy when I get a splitting headache that nothing seems to be able to budge. Otherwise they luckily just gather dust. =)

  13. Sounds like our plan, too. And our “special” drink is usually fizzy water (as they call it) with a squirt of citrus.

    Of course they’re over the moon when they get lemonade or a juice box at a friend’s house :)

    • Our kids call it fizzy water, too! Finn (the 2-year-old) is the only one who likes it plain. Tate will only drink it with flavoring, and Reed (age 4) can’t stand the bubbles at all. :)

  14. We drink lots of water in our house. My kids (3 and 5) each have their own water bottle that’s always filled. We do milk and juice as well, but juice is never in a sippy cup –only in a regular cup while sitting at the table. We do allow them soda (Sprite only) when we go out to dinner. I’m a big believer in moderation, and I think that occasionally allowing them soda (or candy or fast food), will teach them that those things are fine every once in a while, but not all the time. I hope this will keep them from binging on this kind of stuff later on when they are free to make their own choices. And so far it’s working, now when my 5-year-old gets a piece of candy, he usually give it to me to “save for later” and then forgets about it.

    • Yep, that’s the 80/20 moderation we believe in, too! Our kids have had soda every now and then, but we treat it like a crazy amazing treat, talk about how it’s like liquid candy, and then tell them they can choose between that or a piece of candy for the rest of the day. Basically, emphasizing that it’s a sweet treat, and one we don’t have very often.

      • Liquid candy – I like that! My kids don’t like “spicy” drinks yet because of the carbonation, but I’m sure they will start to want them someday. That’s a great way to look at them!

    • My boys are 6 and 8 and we are primarily water drinkers as well. I cut out the juice several years ago. I now see my boys get over zealous drinking the gatorade, powerade and pop at other people’s homes when they are visiting. So many of my friends and family have different ideas about beverages than me. I hope I can get my boys to understand why the options are different at our home and the difference it makes to their health.

  15. I’m glad to read this – we do foster care, and so we have a lot of appointments where people ask us prying questions about our lifestyle choices for the foster kids, and you would not believe the weird looks, follow-up questions, etc. that we get when we say we don’t do juice. In fact, the government’s WIC program does not even allow you an option to not get the juice coupons, so we just don’t redeem those coupons. I’ve only ever done water, so it’s not an issue. (We even get our dairy through other sources, milk to drink is a special treat as well) Water bottles are a lifesaver for our kids, and right now, I totally recommend the extra dollars it takes to get a Camelbak with a bite valve. The valves are replaceable which makes it worth it for sure when you lose the straw or your kid chews through the valve.

  16. Great article! From a very early age, we bought all of our kids Kleen Kanteen water bottles. We bring those bottles with us wherever we go and that is all they ever ask for. Every once in awhile (when the cousins come over or some other “special” occasion) we will have juice. I don’t even think they have tried pop yet. They also have milk with dinner, but that is it. Water and milk.

  17. We, too, have been a “water only” household. We didn’t even encourage our kids to drink milk once they weaned (although we tried it a few times with our first – she didn’t care for it). I’m lactose intolerant and never drank milk as a kid, so I’m a bit relieved to only use it for cooking! The kids are allowed milk or juice if it’s included with a meal when we eat out, but we often just order them water anyway. The only time we get “messed up” a bit is after a visit with my brother’s kids. They drink milk by the gallon and also drink soda regularly. Ugh. My kids drink a lot more milk when they’re around, but at least they’re not trying to get soda, too!

  18. I completely agree with you!! I rarely give my son juice. It’s always water. Juice just isn’t good. It has little to no nutritional value and is just a waste of calories. I try to avoid using bottled water (such a waste of plastic), do we just stick to refilling our water jug in the fridge.

  19. We used to allow our kids only one glass of juice per day, about 1/3 cup, but a year ago I just stopped buying it. They complained at first but soon got over it and stopped asking. (Same thing happened with packaged granola bars, crackers, and cereal.)

    What kind of water bottles do your kids use?

    What I found is having a container they like to drink from really helps. Not to advocate buying more Stuff but I consider this a health issue. We’ve gone through a few different kinds of bottles and right now are using the Contigo plastic travel mugs from Target (which are totally awesome!). In the summer they like ice water and those bottles work pretty well. In previous years we used the Thermos Funtainers but the straws get this black gunk, which I assume is mold, that we can’t make go away. I wish Thermos made it better to buy new lids. In the winter we have plain old BPA free plastic water bottles from Target because they fit in the lunch box.

    • We love the thermos bottles we have them in all sizes and even the sippy for the baby. They keep drinks cold for so long. To clean the straws I use the little brushes you can buy to clean the straw part of the Dr. Brown bottles. You can also call thermos and order replacement straws and lids (we had one that broke) for around a dollar or two. I did this earlier this year and just ordered new stuff for all our bottles plus a few extras so I only payed for shipping once.

  20. We are a big milk family, but also have water bottles in the fridge. We have a couple 2-liters of pop on hand, mostly for when my hubby needs a pick-me-up in the afternoon. But we are strict on milk & water only for our 2-year-old. She can’t yet open the fridge on her own, so multiple times a day she drags us over to the fridge “milk please?” When we’re out and about we always have water along, for all of us!

  21. My kids rarely drink water. They start their day with milk, and then consume coconut milk, 100% juice drink pouches, homemade juice or lemonade. It is shameful really, but we have to fight them to drink any water at all. From these comments, I think the whole family needs to quit cold turkey, and that will only hapen if I stop buying alternatives. We do have a PUR water dispenser much like yours, only with a filter, and the kids love to hit the button. Loving the rubber band idea!

  22. There is milk in the fridge for breakfast and my post-run drinks, but water is usually the drink of choice. My husband and I gave up soda years ago and I don’t buy juice because of the sugar content. Soda and juice is a super special treat that our kids can have at birthday parties or other family events. Of course, our water-only home is driving all the neighbor kids crazy. Our house has become the hub and the kids come running in thirsty, but when I offer water many of them run back home to get their juice.

  23. Every morning after breakfast, I fill my kids’ water bottles and chuck them in the fridge. Since I’ve been doing this, they are drinking WAY more water, and it prevents me from having to wash 600 cups at every meal. :)

  24. I grew up on only water and that is how I raise my kids. I figure if that is all they know, they will love it. I’d love to know what water bottles you use, though, for bedtime. Ours always end up leaking.

  25. We love water too. Since we are a Montessori family, and we really try to encourage self care independence, we have small glass water pitchers, that hold 16oz, just enough for a strong pre-schooler to pour themselves. (The glass is super durable, and can withstand a fall…we got them from Montessori Services.) The older two just re-fill their camelbaks by themselves. Since these pitchers only hold 16oz at a time, we have two, so I don’t have to refill them as much.
    Thanks for the other water tips!

  26. Our kids have a small cup of milk with meals (not snacks) and water the rest of the day. My youngest (17 months) hasn’t learned to like milk yet… I’m curious for those who don’t give their kids a lot of milk to drink, do they eat a lot of dairy in other forms? Or do you just not worry about it? I’m not overly concerned, we eat well and she gets calcium in other forms in addition to some cheese and yogurt.

    • My older kid has never liked milk. I give him probably 3 oz with each meal (not snack) and often he drinks it all, but he won’t drink more than that. Because he is quite thin, our pediatrician wants him to have milk until 2. I can’t get him to drink dairy except for 1% or skim, but he will drink full-fat vanilla soy, so that’s what we do most of the time. I have mixed feelings about soy, but I feel like small amounts for a year will be okay. After that, I am not sure we will stick with it, since he doesn’t seem to love it anyhow, but for now it has more protein than most dairy alternatives and he will drink the version with fat. He does eat flavored greek yogurt, cheese, and is happy to eat most veggies, so I am not too concerned about his nutrition. I personally find cow’s milk as a beverage gross and have never liked it (I don’t have lactose issues. I just don’t like it to drink, though I like things like ice cream). Once he hits two, I will make it his choice of whether to ever have milk again. I don’t think I have had a glass of milk since I was maybe five and I have no nutritional deficits or issues of any kind, so I don’t think milk is a vital part of a diet once you get past a certain age and, because I don’t cook vegetarian or vegan, he will still get milk as an ingredient in the foods we eat. I think once they hit two, it’s not a concern for me unless I have reason to believe we have a nutritional concern.

    • I’m just not overly concerned about dairy, because I don’t believe our bodies need as much as “they” say we do. Our kids eat enough yogurt and cheese to support a cow, so it just happens. :) My focus is on getting them greens and other veggies… everything else is secondary to me.

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    Erin Lynn says:

    Tsh, do you have a water filter that you use prior to filling your container? We have a Brita pitcher, which I’m starting to loathe. We “upgraded” because our first one was so well-used, and the new model is a pain. The lid pops off and dumps water everywhere. Ugh! But filtering our water is a MUST because of the limestone quarry up the road (and we rent – no water softener here).
    We have a two-year old and baby no. 2 on the way in March. We drink mostly water, thanks to our Camelbak bottles (which our daughter has one too), coffee (my husband will never give that up), and milk. I only drink soda if we eat out and not every time. I was a juice junkie as a kid, and even early in our marriage. But I knew I didn’t want my children drinking juice, so we’ve never had in the house and don’t plan on it. If they go to someone else’s place, that’s fine. But our daughter loves milk and water.
    Love your blog. I look forward to seeing your posts in my reader in the morning. Thank you! :)

  28. Do you have any tips on a toddler obsessed with water? He overall really enjoys drinking water. He does get some milk, but mostly water. But I feel like at the moment I need to restrict it to the table only because he likes to spit it out into containers (any container) or on his shirt (in the car). He is almost two and if I supervise him closely and remind him several times that we drink “nicely and carefully” I can avoid the spitting probably 7 out of 10 times, but it is super annoying because sometimes he spits it anyway, even if I am right there. Also because that’s the main thing we drink, if he asks for it, I would like him to just be able to drink it. I think it’s an impulse control thing because he thinks water is so cool, but it is completely unacceptable behavior. Have you ever dealt with anything like this? I really would like him to have it in the car and at night because he will ask for it. Sometimes, since it’s the summer, I do let him have it now, but in the winter I worry a lot more about him sitting with soaking wet clothes in the cold. He never seems phased by the discomfort of wet clothes now or really very much else. He is a pretty unflappable kid.

    • Sounds like a typical 2-year-old, and he’ll probably grow out of it. Think of it this way—it’s only water! His shirt will dry, and this game will get boring eventually. It’s actually really good for toddlers to play with water (a great sensory exercise); he just needs to learn when and where.

      Finn (2) likes to put things in his water during meals (such as his food), so when we does stuff like this, we just calmly take his drink away for a few minutes. We tell him we have to give it a time-out because that’s a no-no. Then we just calmly give it back to him after a few minutes.

      We also let him play at the kitchen sink a lot, so he gets water action then.

  29. One thing I was pretty adamant about from the beginning was only giving the kids water. A large part of my decision was purely practical — I didn’t want to spend money on juice or lose precious fridge space to huge jugs of it and, if a little water spills on the carpet, it’s no biggie, unlike juice which usually stains and leaves a big sticky spot.

    Getting them to love water was easy — it was all I ever offered them after they weaned (I should mention that I tried milk, but neither likes it, so they get calcium through cheese and yogurt). Now, it’s all they ask for.

    My boys can have juice when we go out — I don’t mind it being a treat. Oftentimes, my oldest will just ask for water instead. My youngest loves juice and will keep asking for more if it’s available which is one reason I’m glad we only have water at home — I wouldn’t want to be fighting that battle every day.

  30. Wow, I didn’t realize so many people go the mostly-water route. I have to say I don’t care for plain water, so we drink juice here, and we especially drink a lot of orange juice. We don’t have any issues with weight or cavities, so other than for the sake of our pocketbook, I’m not sure if moving to all water is necessary. And except for VERY special occasions, we never have soda in the house. So it’s milk, juice or water.

  31. We, too, do mainly water – though when we were “at home” in the States (We are missionaries in Nigeria right now), we drank orange juice with breakfast… which honestly we miss and would pick right back up with no problem. We sometimes drink apple juice (100% juice) with breakfast here, and I don’t see any problem with that, esp since that’s the only time we drink it. We don’t let our kids drink juice until well after two – before then it’s water and breast milk (until 2), and they don’t seem to care. Our family thought there was something wrong with our son when we went back to the States for furlough because he only WANTED water all the time. We’re glad they’re water drinkers, though, and hope that continues, although I don’t see anything wrong with juice once a day. (We only get powdered milk here, and I’m not fond of the taste, so we don’t drink it much, but we eat a lot of yogurt. Milk is definitely the drink I miss most from the States! Love me some milk with dessert!)

    Re. a water filter question someone asked, we use a Katadyn filter with candles (not the kind you light :) ), and I have thought about continuing to use it in the States since some of the places we lived in the U.S. didn’t have a great water source, either. I don’t know if this filter might be to hard core for the States or not, but just thought I’d chime in in case it might be helpful for someone. :)

    • Yes, I’ve heard those Katadyn filters are great, so thanks for chiming in!

      And I TOTALLY don’t miss boxed milk from our overseas days. We’d definitely go without milk before drinking that stuff—I feel for you!

  32. We have the same percentage in our house 80/20. My son has one glass of pure orange juice for breakfast after that it is milk or water. We have a Brita filter jug that my son remembers to fill more than i do! In the winter he has the occasional hot chocolate with marshmallows. We also keep small cans of ginger ale for upset stomachs etc, however they are usually forgotten about. My son has never developed a taste for soda, when we go to family get togethers he usually has water or milk, the odd fruit juice if he is in the mood for it.

  33. This is a little tricky for me. I give Eleanor tons of water, and I always have a water bottle with me too; but I also can’t get through a day without a little diet soda. (I hate both coffee and tea, and I just need that caffeine pick-me-up).
    My usual compromise when she sees me with soda, is to give her a cup of juice; although I water it down so it’s only half juice. Problem is that at Grandma’s house she gets the real deal, and now she’s started complaining about “water juice” at home!

  34. I grew up in a water only household and never thought anything of it. Sodas, etc. were a nice occasional treat, but we all liked water.

    My husband and I drink a lot of tea and diet sodas (not a ton, but more than we should), so of course our kids are always asking for tea or sodas. We still have them drink water most of the time, but the thing I’ve found is that when I’m in a season where I’m drinking mostly water, they LOVE water and never ask for anything else. So the solution in my house… practice what you preach.

  35. We’re a water (almost)only family. The fridge we inherited with this house has an internal filter and water dispenser in the door, so now even the toddler knows how to climb on the stool and fill a cup!

    The kids take water to bed with them in the Camelbaks with a bite valve. I always have a small Sigg (with a kids’ sport top) in my purse, and I also keep a Hydroflask in the stroller and in the car with “emergency water” for water bottle fillups.

    Exceptions to the water-only rule are home brewed kombucha, homemade (or from our favorite coffee shop) Shrub for a treat, fruit juice (totally watered down by about 2/3s since they don’t know the difference!) at a restaurant, or the 100% fruit juice boxes from the Whole Foods Kids’ Club when we go there about every 8 weeks. ;)

    I don’t think my kids have even tasted soda. I doubt they’d like it; we are low-sugar and chemical-free…so what’s there to like in soda? lol

  36. My mom grew up with water only…so of course she felt it was a treat to give us juice (not to mention that my dad is an Ocean Spray Cranberry grower…hence…juice. :)) I was so careful about too much juice when my kids were small…but as time went on, we are back to a huge array of drinks including Gatorade, Juice, Soda, etc…sigh. My husband works with teens so when we have them over, we always have a bunch of “junk drinks” for them…which get left over…and my kids drink. I will have to do better. :)

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    liza lee grace says:

    I think I got lucky because my two youngest hate carbonated drinks. I rarely buy juice any more, so their choices are milk or water. We drink milk at meals, although they take water to school for lunch. If they want a drink otherwise, they can get water. They never have to ask for water; they can get it themselves. The exception is when we eat out. I’ll get them whatever non-carbonated drink the restaurant has. But we don’t eat out all that much, so I have no problem letting them have it.

    The same pretty much goes for my oldest, who loves sodas. I sometimes let him have one for a snack or meal. Especially if were eating pizza and watching sports. Those just seem to go together. But like the 80/20 plan, we don’t go overboard with it.

  38. We are water drinkers as well. Except my mom buys them juices (ugh!). The only thing we don’t do is drink in our bedrooms.

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    Stephanie S says:

    At our house we just have water or milk to drink – milk with meals, water anytime else. Only very occasionally is there juice and it is definitely considered a treat. I laughed at your checklist for heading out the door. Just add loveys for both girls and it’s the same mental list I have :)

  40. Growing up, water is all we drank. My mom hated milk and juice is just too expensive for a big family. So it’s been natural for me to do the same. We do drink milk occasionally, since I do like it, but it’s been helpful that we don’t drink it much as I’ve been transitioning to better (and more expensive) milk.
    My DH came from a totally different family, food wise. They drink a LOT of soda. He recently found out he has high blood sugar and has cut out a lot of the junk. So that means almost no soda. I’m really thankful for that, as I would really prefer out kids didn’t have any soda for now, instead of the one every other month or so they have now.

  41. We do almost the exact same things with the one exception that at dinner, we often indulge in sweet tea!

  42. Tsh, what you describe is essentially what we do, except that each kid has their own cup with a built-in straw for their water, housed in the fridge. I drink a lot of tea, but other than that I’m a water drinker too. DH came from a soda and artificial-everything background, so drinking water was a foreign concept to him for the longest time, but even he drinks mainly water now. We’d probably have a glass of milk with dinner if we could afford that much milk, but what they get in their cereal each morning will have to do! We do the occasional “treat” juice or lemonade, and an occasional soda when out at a restaurant (all but me, I hate the stuff), but other than that, it’s all water here.

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    Elizabeth says:

    We are a water-drinking family as well. We don’t keep “cow’s milk” on hand, but drink rice milk. My daughter never took to juice, and my boys only get it occasionally and it’s usually low-sugar or 100% juice. Our splurges are soda or sports drinks, usually only about once a week, if that. We also have always put our kids to bed with a water bottle/sippy close at hand and almost always have bottles with us on the road.

  44. We only drink water here – we do all the same things as you! The pitcher in the fridge was a recent thing for us – we actually use a filter pitcher because our tap water tastes bad. I think the best way to encourage water drinking is to just not have soda or juice in the house. Our kids might have a soda if they are out on a special “daddy date” or at a picnic with friends, but its always a special treat, and we talk opening about why sugary drinks (including juice) aren’t healthy to have all the time. They have milk available to them at meals if they would like it, but they mostly drink water. I think it helps that we as parents mainly drink water – aside from coffee and wine of course!

  45. We are the same way! They always have a cup of water on their nightstand at bedtime too. That saves us from having to get up and give them a drink in the night if they wake up. A few times a year we indulge in strawberry or raspberry lemonade with a BBQ dinner or orange juice for a big fancy breakfast. Otherwise it is water for quenching our thirst. For the longest time my kids didn’t even know what soda was. Now they do, but we don’t drink it more than once a year and they don’t care. If I do buy “soda” for something special we stick with IZZE drinks. I think sticking with mostly water plays a huge part in happy, healthy kids and now worrying about things like cavities and weight issues. I wrote a post about tips for drinking more water: http://www.goodlifeeats.com/2012/01/tips-for-drinking-more-water.html

  46. Besides her milk, water is the only thing my daughter drinks. I keep it in her sippy cup (she’s2), and refill it a few times during the day. She drinks a lot of water, and the cup is always there while she is playing.

    Oh, and we never leave home without the cup! :)

  47. This post sounds like our house. The treat is hot chocolate, not Italian Soda. ; )

    Question: What do you do when you’re over at someone’s home for dinner? For example, the in-laws for a Sunday meal? For a special occasion I am fine with watered down juice as a treat but my in-laws don’t have the healthiest choices (they think juice is healthy) and mean well but…
    Would most here just say, “No, you can have water”?
    (Our first is due in one week so I have no experience with this.)

    • If we’re at someone’s house, the kids instinctively know to look over at us if they’re offered something. I don’t want to be a Nazi nor impolite, so if they’re offered something I don’t prefer, I usually say something like, “Okay, you can have that, but only one, and after that, it’s only water.” This is our usual drill with any special treat, so they just say, “Okay!”

      • That’s really helpful because you’re not being rude to the host but you are also letting them know that it’s not a regular thing in your house just so they know.
        Thanks!

  48. I love this! We are a water only drinking family too. My daughter asks for water refills all day long. She pours her own with the pitcher in our fridge, but I love the water dispenser idea. I may have to add that to my Tar-jay list. :-) My daughter just drinks water and goat milk. And my husband and I have coconut water, almond milk and sparkling water as a treat. We talk about how a lot of drinks have too much sugar in it. We like to make homemade strawberry lemonade and my daughter loves that!

  49. avatar
    Monica Harris says:

    Great post! I am a new reader and was curious if people’s issue with juice is only with shop bought ones or all juices and why. We drink lots of water and I love juicing fresh fruits and vegetables for the kids. Thanks!

    • Yes, we juice fresh veggies and a little fruit, but we limit this quite a bit—as in, it’s a special treat (part of that 20%). And when we do, it’s a small, 4-oz glass.

  50. We had awful tasting, rusty well water when I was a kid. My parents covered up the taste with Tang and Kool aid. I really thought I didn’t like water much…now I’m addicted. We are now a water, tea and milk only household, with coffee on Saturday mornings, yes-even for our kiddos (our Ethioipian kids can’t live without coffee!). We do occasionally let them have soda or juice for a treat when we’re out. And like someone else said, we have a few cans of Dr. Pepper hidden for emergency headache help.

  51. We’ve done basically water with the kids since they were born. I was worried with my oldest because she didn’t WANT juice, but preferred water! Thankfully, our doctor told me that it was actually better for her to drink water and eat the fruit. :-) We usually have some sort of juice or lemonade on special occasions. Hot cocoa and herbal tea in the winter. Everyone having their own water bottle and getting their own water is a WONDERFUL idea!

  52. The water bottle is a nice idea. We tend to drink ours room-temp, though, so not sure if it would work as well for us. We only do water and milk, and it has not yet been an issue for us. Of course, my little one is not yet 2, but good habits start early! I think if you don’t start with juice and other sweet drinks early, so much the better.

  53. Great article and thank you! We only allow out daughter water & breastmilk, but we’re beginning to feel like odd-balls at church and playground where they want to give the kids juice! I actually had to write a request that my daughter not be served juice at MOPS this fall- crazy. It’s all she’s known so far and all I hope she’ll know. BUT I realize after reading this that we need to lead by example- gulp! Hubby & I gave up soda about 4 months ago and it’s been great but we still like lemonade and iced tea along with the occasional coffee. Next step I guess! :) thanks again!

  54. I absolutely love this post.

    Our 6 year old is big on drinking water. I think this stems from us always leading by example, as well as not bringing the unnecessary sugars into our home. The only time we allow her to have a little bit of soda or juice box is when we attend her friends’ birthday parties, social gatherings, etc. .. but even then, she politely asks for water :)

  55. avatar
    Alexandra Chaffanjon says:

    Hey everyone,
    Don’t have time to read all of these interesting comments. I am excited to see another family also promoting the “only water” drinking policy. I do however see a huge benefit to getting kids used to drinking carrot juice (with apple to sweeten and lemon to reduce oxidization) and celery (with the same ingredients). Although they can be high in sugar depending on the amount of apples put in the juicer, the amount of nutrients in these homemade juices is so beneficial that I think it’s really worth it to include in the daily routine. My three-year old often starts his day with one of these and we try to have one as well while relaxing before dinner. Just a thought.
    Cheers,
    Alex

  56. I’m with you on the water. Our kids drink very little milk and only water or OJ for breakfast. The two older ones can reach the filtered water button on the inside of our french-door refrigerator — we leave out plenty of Tervis plastic cups for them to use and take outside if they need to (or to bring a cup to a friend). At every meal, we have a pitcher of cold water on the table. Our family has really decreased the amount of meat and dairy we consume (although we do have yogurt and cheese frequently) and I think that we are all the healthier for it.

  57. Any thoughts on the health benefits of milk for kids? I try to cut back too, on juice and pop, etc. but I’ve generally let them drink milk for breakfast/lunch/dinner b/c of perhaps, habit. i.e. “that’s how my hubby & I grew up.” But also, b/c of the protein and vitamins in it. Do you guys supplement for the things milk has in it? Or do you nurse for a long time? Just wondering!!! =)

  58. My son started out drinking lots of juice, but then after his teeth had many cavities, our dentist said to stop giving him juice. So, we just stopped buying juice. He does love milk though, so he is allowed to drink whole milk. We do let him have juice when we are at other people’s houses, but at home it’s water or milk. Also, if you research juice you will find the commercial juice is gross anyways.

  59. We do mostly water at home and some milk, and breastmilk. He REALLY loves v8 and brings us cans of it to drink. At daycare, he gets 1oz juice to 3oz water, water, and milk (whole and a few ounces of breastmilk.

  60. With 3 boys and sports, we’ve always kept a stash of water bottles in all our cars. If and when the kids ran out of their filled water bottles they always had a supply. Saved us a lot of cash over the years. We also encouraged them to drink just water in resturants also citing the total cost of the bill. If they wanted something else that was fine but we did suggest it. Now that they are young adults I notice they mainly ask for water as their drink when we go out to eat these days.

  61. We drink almost exclusively water as well (except at restaurants, where I reluctantly allow them one soda, but now I’m going to think of it as 80/20, thanks to you!). My thing is that I don’t think they drink enough of it. I’ll occasionally remind them, because it’ll occur to me that I’ve hardly seen them drinking all day. But sometimes, it just feels like one more thing to nag them about, you know?
    I will say, I think Ian drinks more than I think he does, because he, quirky kid that he is, likes to get all of his water directly from the bathroom sink, no cup required! ;-P

  62. We just don’t buy anything else. The only exception might be when we have people over for brunch or for Christmas morning breakfast. Other than that, it’s milk or water all the way. The soda stream is fun for bubbly (we lived in Germany for a long time and got used to drinking mineral water while there) and that completely takes any craving anyone has for pop. But if it was in the house more, I know my little ones would crave it more. Just better for us to not go down that road.

  63. My kids are in their 20’s now, and when they were small everyone was giving their kids sippy cups of juice to carry around all day. I must have read something about juice being just about pure sugar so I never gave them any, just water. I’ve always been a water drinker so that’s what they saw me do. We also set up a container with a spigot for the water in the fridge so they could get it themselves and not have to ask every time. To this day they are still big water drinkers.

  64. I’m so glad you posted this! I’ve had people mention that they are worried that my son doesn’t drink milk or juice since they’re so healthy, but I disagree! My son is great at drinking water which is his only choice and fine by me!

  65. We do the same thing, though coming from a dairy family there is also lots of milk. Say what you will, I think milk is very healthy. I found that I was the one getting bored with water this summer, but the kids kept me straight. When I would try to give them juice as a treat (really so I could have it) they wouldn’t take the bait. Sigh.

  66. So…my daughter was born at 29 weeks and under 2 lbs. She was breastfed and supplemented with formula till 8 months, then on formula only till 15 months (the doctor wanted her to be on formula till she was 1 year adjusted, but I quit producing at 8 months). She is now almost three and drinks almost exclusively milk (Vitamin D). I think I still think I have to try to beef her up, and so I let her drink as much as she wants. She is a really poor eater and I feel like this will help her grow since she is still so small. Any helpful ideas about nutrition or helping her drink more water (she just doesn’t like it). I know I just need to toughen up and have her drink water. As it is she gets a camelback of milk about 5x a day. Thoughts?

  67. I have routine like yours to ensure that my kids take a lot of water and stay healthy. The good thing is that they seem to be enjoying it. It just happens naturally so I don’t feel like I’m forcing them.

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    Anna Lloyd says:

    Have always done water as a rule. It is a treat to have anything else. We do milk a few times a day, although the almost 2 year old isn’t very interested so she gets yoghurt and cheese more often. My 4 year old refuses to eat any fruit at all, bar avocado sandwiches. I’m not sure what to do about that!

  69. I hear ya! My kids drink mostly water but we don’t have a dispenser like that, what we do is water bottle. Reusable of course. My husband thinks every family does something that others would consider weird, and water bottles seems to be our weird thing. At any given moment we have 10-15 sports bottles in the fridge. We don’t buy soda, we drink orange juice on Saturday mornings and that’s about it! Sometimes we buy the powder lemonade mix but that’s usually a summer only thing. So my kids don’t need my help. When they are thirsty they grab a bottle of water and now I don’t have to worry about them spilling glasses of water all over the place!

  70. AMEN ! LOL..
    I am a huge fan of plain ole water.. The teens in our church carry around 16 oz pops/sodas constantly ! no wonder their faces are full of pimples & they are carrying a space tire :-)
    I would have to say milk is a close second here too.
    I like to pour out some water from a purchased water bottle , freeze it & then grab it in the summer. keeps it cool all day :0

  71. We love water at our house, in fact we have a water container just like yours (except WAY bigger) in our fridge. I love the bigger one because it means I only have to fill it once a day. :-) We do mix up some generic Crystal Light for dinner occasionally but mostly we drink water. Oh, and for a great water bottle that doesn’t “sweat”, a big problem down here in the south, google Thinksport water bottle. They are AWESOME!

  72. We are a big water family too! Each child has a glass with their name on it and we have a side by side with a water dispenser so they can help themselves as they need to quench their thirst all day long.

  73. This post could have been written about our family…
    I am constantly asked at parties and family events how I got my five year old to refuse sweet drinks and ask for water… We didn’t do anything magic, we just only ever drink water at home except for special occasions. We don’t have anything else on offer generally so all our kids have grown up drinking water, and we take water bottles everywhere. Even our toddler can use the kitchen step and get a drink of water from the tap. My older girls love a special treat of lemonade or juice but my big boy doesn’t like sweet drinks or bubbly drinks so only ever drinks water… and the occasional glass of milk.

  74. My sister thought i was wrong for offering just water for my kids. All five girls from 18 to 4 are in the habit of drinking water. It like we can’t keep enough of it. This week their water habit was most appreciated, due to hurricane Isaac we were without power for days! No lights and the heat was miserable, drinking water kept them hydrated! Thank God we were stocked with water. Stores have limited supply, distribution sites lines are horrific. I thank God also that we are able to open our home to 2 families(fam of two elderly and fam of 5) today and its 7 of us so the house is full. Pray for us here in Louisiana. Thanks

  75. I really like your refillable water jug in the fridge idea. I have a jug I bought for using at a party recently and I think I will put it to good use in the fridge. Sounds like you are setting a healthy foundation for your kids. Oh, to pass on one of our good ideas ~ We use old silly bands as a ‘this water is mine’ type of idea so the girls remember which glass is theirs.

  76. Same here. Water is, after all, the ideal drink. It energizes and hydrates without added calories, sugar, or fat. I often tell my kids, “water is my favorite drink” (and they’ve taken to repeating that phrase). ;)

    Follow-up questions:
    (1) Do you have a water dispenser on the fridge? If so, why do you also use a water dispenser inside the fridge? Is it for easier access?
    (2) What brand of water bottles do you recommend for kids/adults?

  77. We are almost entirely juice free (occasional OJ at breakfast and 100% juice for special occasions like birthday parties). I love our soda stream with a slice of lime or lemon but my 3 year old doesn’t like fizzy water which is fine with me since he drinks tons of regular water. Our whole family is much healthier (and save a ton of money) as a result!

  78. I found myself nodding to every single one of your points. At first I didn’t do juice for my kids because I hated the sticky cleanup that always followed. Now it’s just become a way of life for my kids. My kids have two water bottles: one that stays upstairs in their bedrooms and one that stays downstairs in the kitchen to be used throughout the day and when we leave the house. I think accessibility is key. We have a water dispenser on the outside of the frig and the kids love the indepence of helping themselves to something whenever they want it.

    It’s been hard to convert my mom to my water-only rule. I grew up with orange juice for breakfast and apple juice for snacks. But I keep insisting that since my kids love WHOLE fruits, there’s no need to add in juice. Same with milk. My kids get milk in their cereal bowls or to drink for dinner only. They get enough calcium from cheese and yogurt that more milk consumption isn’t really a necessary.

  79. Tsh, I love this post! My husband and I were just talking about this subject today. We love our water bottles. Our daughter doesn’t even know about juice! :) BUT….my hubs and I love soda with our homemade pizza and popcorn for our at home “date nights.” We have cut way back, but soda is my husband’s total weakness.. We were just discussing having a “lesser of evils,” homemade option for soda. Can you post or tell me more about how your soda stream works and how you make your own? I have really enjoyed reading your blog!

  80. We do only water (on occasion, they’ll pour a glass of milk, but not often). That’s all we have available. They have nice Contigo water bottles to take with them, just like I do. We are in north Texas, where it gets sooooo hot, and is hot enough for half the year that we need to keep water with us. I drink water all the time, and contribute my lack of swelling this pregnancy (33 weeks right now) to the abundance of water I drink. It satisfies better than anything else (except for the occasional need for a drink with electrolytes, which for us is not going to be icky-ingredient Gatorade, etc.) and is way cheaper!

  81. This is going to be a new goal for us. My kids have gotten so that all they want is juice or chocolate milk (which our pediatrician encouraged us to give our littlest who refused milk from the get-go). It’s time to break those habits now!

  82. We use a water jug with a lever spigot as well…have forever, but ours is a big Brita container because I don’t trust the water here in the Bay Area, CA. The kids have been getting their own water for a long time…yes, with messes. Now they are 4 and 6, so there is hardly any. They don’t like to drink milk and we only buy juice for a special treat like camping.

  83. My girls are 9 and 11, and they drink water about 98% of the time. My 9-year-old has had soda one time, at a school function (which is ridiculous, don’t get me started on schools handing out sugary sodas to young children without asking their parents). Every now and then we might have orange juice or milk with breakfast, but for the most part, it’s all water.

  84. Water water every where. We have so many stainless steel water bottles there is never a reason not to have some water. Occasionally the milk man will deliver a container of juice with the order. It is a planned treat in the order and it comes once a month. I think the kids love looking for it in the milk box. I change up when the juice comes so it is a surprise and something special.

    Other than that it’s water. Sometimes the water is bubbly mineral water. That is great when it comes with the juice. Mostly mineral water with a splash of juice.

  85. it’s cool that they want water so much, but shouldn’t other drinks be present, too? i know you mentioned milk, which definitely should be encouraged, but shouldn’t tea and juice be encouraged as well? i say this not just for nutrition, but just for kids to taste all there is to taste {naturally, of course}. it brings to mind that kids should be able to enjoy the simple things in life and the most basic of that is the wide array of food and drink that is found in nature.

  86. We drink mostly water here also… The kids love milk 1% of course… They were drinking lots of the juices that come in pouches and my 7 yr old came up with a lot of cavities. So I switched to water with the mio flavorings. No more cavities!!! I don’t buy sodas, I don’t drink them hubby has them at work but its been years since it has been in the house. Oh and gonna try the baking soda for my hair. Can’t wait!!!

  87. I couldn’t agree more. Water should be the first thing offered to kids, especially at a young age. I would encourage anyone to check out what First5 Santa Clara is promoting with the Potter Loves Water campaign, aimed at kids and parents regarding choosing water when thirsty. It’s a great interactive website filled with games, an e-book, and a family pledge form to get kids to make water the first choice over any other beverage option. You can go to http://www.potterloveswater.com to learn more.

  88. We have an almost identical view/system in our home :-). Once a year they get Shirley Temples for our family’s Three Kings dinner celebration. If we are at a party at someone else,s house they might have juice. And, once in a blue moon when we go to a restaurant we let them order a lemonade or chocolate milk. Other than that, they hardly ever ask for anything other than water.

    Now I need to continue to work on getting closer to 80% with our whole food consumption :-)

  89. avatar
    Deborah says:

    For me the same thing. We have been encouraging water from the beginning. My kids drink water all the time. Not always enough. But they drink it. I try to get them to drink more but they forget to drink their daily amount. Juice is not a daily drink in our house at all. I do buy O.J. when we have colds and encourage them to drink a glass or two a day then. They also get pop more often then I would like. My hubby loves pop. So he encourages that. I would love a pop free home. Speaking of all this talk of more water I better go drink some right now. Remind those kids too.

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