Is your child sufficiently hydrated when they go to school? Hydration Movement + Sweepstakes

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That’s me in the middle.  And, the beauty on the right is my mom.  My mom passed away last summer.  My mom had 12 children and later in life became a NICU nurse.  If I needed any sort of advice about my kids she was the person to go to.  I can’t tell you how often I wish I could just call my mom and ask her advice about something.

Several weeks ago I wrote about what a wonderful example of compassion and empathy my mom was. Now, I’m striving to teach my own children those important traits.

Mothers have the wonderful opportunity to instill all sorts of good traits and habits in their children.  One habit that I need to teach a little better is hydration.

 

Did you know that 64% of kids are insufficiently hydrated when they leave for school?

I find it very difficult to keep my school-aged child properly hydrated.  I send him to school with a water bottle each day and ask him to drink it only to find a completely full water bottle in his back pack every afternoon after school!  Argh!  I’m seriously considering emailing his teacher and asking her to encourage the children to drink water throughout the day.

Water is essential for removing the bad stuff from our bodies and transporting the good stuff (like much needed nutrients) to where it needs to go.

 

If you think that you or your kids are not getting enough water, here are a few hydration tips for kids:

– Carry a water bottle for easy access when you are at work or running errands.

– Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. This tip can also help with calorie intake management. Substituting water for one 20-ounce sugar-sweetened soda will save you about 240 calories.

– Choose water instead of other beverages when eating out.

– Give your water a little pizzazz by adding a wedge of lime or lemon. This may improve the taste, and you just might drink more water than you usually do.

Source: CDC cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/basics/water.html

I’m going to be better at having Big Brother drink a glass of water every day before he leaves for school.

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Amy is mom to three, wife to one, and a sister and aunt to many. Her family is a former military family now settled in Lehi, Utah. Oh So Savvy Mom began as a way for Amy to share parenting and product advice with others. Just as she has evolved, Oh So Savvy Mom has evolved into a resource for Healthy Living for Families, Food, Parenting, and Family Travel.

Comments

  1. i stress the importance of water with my kids as well. but also... my mom died just over 4 years ago. she was 66 and 1 month ,to the day. and I was pregnant with kid #3....who was born 13 days later 5 1/2 weeks premature. i still even to this day pick up the phone to call my mom (who was also a nurse at one time) and i wanted to tell you i can sympathize with how you are feeling wanting to call your mom. it's so hard. there are still times when it absolutely just takes my breath away, the grief.
    • Thank you, Brett! Your comment made me cry. I was pregnant with #3 as well. I can't imagine having a preemie just a couple after my mom passed away. And, I too still have times when the emotions of missing my mom just washes over me like a wave.
  2. What I find interesting is that when my girls were in elementary school they weren't allowed to bring drinks into the classrooms. I guess with that many little kids the spills were more of a concern than keeping kids hydrated.
    • That's the way my son's school is! Grr..He has a sipper water bottle. I think the schools just ought to have a water bottle policy so the kids can drink in the classroom (water from a sipper style water bottle) instead of having to wait til lunch where all their time is taken up eating. I think a visit with the teacher is in order. LOL
  3. I've thought about hunger, but never thought about kids being dehydrated on a large scale. What Jackie says is true from my memories as well. Water was only available at certain times.
  4. We homeschool, but I still have to pay attention. My kids need reminding! So important.
  5. We struggle with this, as well - especially living in the desert. The boys never drink enough, and when I mention drinking more during the day, they talk about how their teachers tell them to not drink too much so they don't miss class by using the restroom. Constant battle :-/
  6. Jessica @FoundtheMarbles says
    My youngest drinks a ton of milk and I try really hard to substitute some of it for water. Oddly, he takes a canteen of water to bed at night and by morning it's usually empty!
  7. I always send my kids to school with a water bottle!
  8. It's only been recently that I understood how important it was to stay hydrated. Unfortunately, growing up, it never really crossed mine, or my parents minds.
  9. Water is SO important! I know that I get enough, but I find it's difficult to keep track of my kiddo's intake because they refill their own cups.
  10. Gosh, has it already been over a year? Such a hard thing to lose a parent! I love that she gave you a great example to share with your children. You are a wonderful mom! As far as 64% that is crazy! I'm always on my son to drink more water!