Summer’s here, it’s hot as heck, and, as usual, my kids aren’t getting enough to drink. 

We got a big pallet of those cute half-size bottles of water just because we thought the girls would clamor for them and therefore drink more. They certainly want to drink out of them, but two sips later they are all done and the rest is usually wasted. I packed RU off to Drama Camp (not that she needs lessons on how to be more dramatic) all last week with one in her lunchbox and another one to start drinking on while en route. She’d come back with both of them still full. Sometimes, I think I can hear her crackle when she walks.

We try to avoid drinks with sugar (and all the other junk they put in things) and save gatorade for when they’re really being active outside. Coconut water is even more hydrating than gatorade but it is a little too costly for the girls to just take one sip of and leave the rest.

So I’ve started trying a different tactic when we eat at home. I give the girls little shot glasses to drink out of and a measuring cup to serve as a water pitcher. Normally, they just have a smallish (but not tiny) glass of water that they rarely finish. This way, they have fun serving themselves and end up drinking more over the course of the whole meal even though the glasses are smaller. Using the measuring cup means I can even keep track of how much water they’re getting.

There are some drawbacks, of course. If you tell MeToo “That’s enough, stop pouring, stop, stop, STOP,” she tends to just look up at you as if you’ve started speaking in tongues and continues pouring water into her overflowing glass until you take it away from her. You’d think I would learn to stop leaving important papers on the table. 

Still, it’s an improvement over the girls’ preferred method of getting more to drink: wait until bedtime and then alternate between begging for water and getting up to go potty, try to keep it rolling until midnight. 

We’ll see if this works out or ends up being just another failed experiment. In the meantime, cheers!