As you close out the summer with the kids, and get ready for those first few sweet weeks of silence around your home, ensuring your kids stay hydrated is critical to ensuring they don’t just go back to school – but stay back in school.
Everything from concentration to cognitive ability relies on your child’s ability to stay hydrated. This post by Philippa Norman, MD shares some of the reasons why. Plus, when your child stays hydrated, they are more certain to stay healthy, stay at level moods and even stay freer of acne. In other words, they’ll stay freer of those issues that cause them to miss school in the first place.
With that said, here’s a quick 5-step checklist that you can use to help your child stay hydrated every day of the school year, along with some products from our online store (shared when appropriate) that can help you complete each item:
1. Serve Clean Drinking Water With Breakfast (and Lunch & Dinner)
A big part of the reason kids (not to mention adults) wake up with low energy levels is simply mild dehydration.
During the time we spend sleeping, our body uses up the hydration it has stored, meaning it needs to be replaced. Serving a tall glass of water, along with juice, milk or coffee during breakfast, is a great way to get this hydration back into the body. And just so lunch and dinner don’t feel left out, we’d advise a tall glass of water accompanying every meal.
A filtered water pitcher, including those we offer from Brita, PUR or ZeroWater (pictured,) can ensure the drinking water you serve at meal-time always tastes clean, fresh and cool. Many of these pitchers are even sharp enough looking to deserve their own place at your table!
2. Send Them Off With An Eco-Friendly Water Bottle
What’s great about the explosion in bottled water sales is that it means we are starting to understand the importance of staying hydrated and having a source of hydration close-by. Many schools, in fact, will now even offer bottled water in vending machines. The downside, though, is that plastic water bottles account for a significant percentage of plastic waste. In other words, great for your body, not so great for the planet.
Fortunately, we offer several eco-friendly water bottles, including many that will fit into lunch boxes, that can help keep your son or daughter hydrated without contributing to plastic waste.
3. Provide The Right Drinking Water Containers For The Right Time
Before sending your son or daughter off to school with a water bottle, one important task it to be sure that you send them with the right type of bottle, both in terms of when they’ll be using it and what the school approves.
If your son or daughter’s school does not allow beverages in the classroom, a smaller bottle – like the 12 ounce Klean Kanteen water bottle to the left – will fit easily into most lunchboxes and take up little space in a locker. This type of bottle is great for younger kids!
On the other hand, if your son or daughter will be using a water bottle primarily in after-school athletics, a sturdier bottle with a longer spout, straw and mouthpiece cover would be more ideal as it will stand up to more while remaining a more sanitary source of hydration – even when shoved into a dirty gear bag. The Katadyn MyBottle to the right is a great option.
4. Keep A Source of Great Tasting Drinking Water On Hand At Home
Once the kids arrive home, be sure that they remain hydrated throughout the evening by ensuring there’s a great source of hydration on hand, especially during meal time.
As noted above, many of the filtered water pitchers we offer look great on a dining table, while our selection of faucet filters, countertop or undersink filters help to ensure your children get great tasting drinking water from virtually any tap in your home.
5. Manage Drinking Water Intake (Softly, If Necessary)
“How many glasses of water have you had today?”
This simple question is perhaps the easiest way to get your kids to drink more water. Honestly, whether they’ve only had one glass or whether they’ve had six glasses, asking this question will likely prompt kids of any age to drink another – which is great from a hydration stand-point. After all, any other response would simply lead to a battle that just about any child would know not to pick, in favor of something of far greater importance to them. Sometimes, the predictability of kid behavior can be a great thing!
How else do you help your kids stay hydrated, both when it’s time to go back to school and all throughout the year? I invite you to share your thoughts via a comment below.
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