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!


2 thoughts on “Hydration”

  1. It sounds like it is working for now, which is good for now. And you get to track how much they pour and drink! Yes, the incredulous 2-year-old stare at an adult acting/speaking with urgency sounds about right. Hmmm, in my classroom the child would follow up that scene with drying up the table; could she have a shelf of small cloths for her to dry up with?
    Keep trying! You have great ideas!

    1. Her older sister could probably handle that, but to let MeToo get down from her seat at dinner and get something would create five other problems. In this instance, I grabbed some paper towels and gave her one to clean up what she could reach. She squeezed the paper towel out into her glass and had a small fit over not getting to drink it. What you suggest is a good idea, but MeToo enjoys cleaning up messes as much as she likes to make them. Sometimes that’s a good thing. Other times, she realizes that deliberately dumping her drink out can be a win-win for her. (And of course I wouldn’t reward her by letting her clean up when she made the mess on purpose. It’s difficult to tell with MeToo, though, and odds are I was paying attention to two different things when it happened, anyway.)

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