I’ve always quite enjoyed drinking water. When I was teaching, I always had a big bottle of it on the go and would swig from it throughout the day. When I became a stay at home mum, I pretty much stopped drinking it. After all, I had unlimited access to the kettle!
I’ve always tried to encourage the boys to drink water, which is a little hypocritical when I don’t drink it myself much. They will drink it, reluctantly. When it’s warm outside, I do worry about keeping them hydrated.
Luckily, they absolutely love drinking squash. I’m really fussy about which squash I will buy – so many of the ones from the supermarkets are absolutely full of squash and all sorts of artificial flavours and nasties. It also doesn’t help that Harrison likes one flavour and Alex likes another (Benjamin will drink anything!), meaning I have various big bottles cluttering up the worktop in the kitchen.
That’s where Robinson’s Squash’d comes to the rescue. Sugar free and free from artificial colours and preservatives, it’s available in six different flavours:
- Orange and peach
- Lemon and pink grapefruit
- Lemon and lime
- Apple and blackcurrant
- Summer fruits
They come in really cute little bottles, so small that they are easy to chuck in my handbag or the changing bag on a day out. It’s meant that rather than faff about, we can pick up a couple of bottles of water, pop a few drops of whatever flavour the kids want in, and they have their favourite squash wherever they are.
Since we have had these cute little bottles, I’ve found myself drinking more water than I have in a long time. In fact, I have restarted taking a bottle to work to fill up at the machine, ready to add a few drops of orange and peach (seriously, it’s lush!). At BML16, I even ignored the coffee once or twice, and poured myself a big glass of water with a squeeze of Squash’d.
So what are my top tips for encouraging children to enjoy more water?
- Let them see you drinking it
If your kids are anything like mine, as soon as they see me with something, they want it. I know if I pour myself a big glass of water, I’m going to get about half of it, because they want it.
2. Make it fun
Put it in cute glasses. Use funky straws. Freeze ice in quirky shaped trays. The more interesting it looks, the more likely they are to want it.
3. Make ice lollies
Add a few drops of Squash’d into some water, pour into ice lolly moulds. Add some berries or chopped up fruit and whack in the freezer. A few hours later you have some healthy, homemade ice lollies!
4. Add Robinson’s Squash’d
Water can taste a little too plain for some people, so a few drops of Squash’d is a great way of jazzing it up wthout any added nasties.
How do you encourage your children to drink more water?
*This post is an entry for BritMums #EnjoyMoreWater Challenge, sponsored by Robinsons