Big P declared this week that his favorite beverage was water. I chuckled a little bit and asked why. He said that it was good for his kidneys. I kept a straight face and commended him on his great choice.
Inside I was t h r i l l e d because my 5 year old is consciously thinking about how his body reacts to what he puts in it. He is also my only kid who was around when I drank soda regularly.
This isn’t a fluke, friends. I consistently talk up water at home. It’s all about good PR and making the benefits obvious. Here’s an honest snapshot of what I do at home:
- When the kids are hanging around the kitchen and I’m getting a drink: “I’m thirsty. I’m going to drink a big glass of cold, delicious water.” (Exaggerated facial expressions and a satisfying ahhhhhh.)
- When the kids are drinking water: “Your kidneys are so happy that you’re drinking water! I bet they’re doing a little kidney dance.” (Then we dance.)
A few hints about making water king at your house this summer:
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