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With 3 boys who all did or still do participate in sports, one of the hardest tasks I have as a Sports Mom is getting them to drink enough water. The older boys do not play sports except for leisurely, but my 7 year old does them all year round. In a survey recently conducted by Nestlé® Pure Life® they found that 84% of Mom’s say bottled water is a convenient way to ensure their child is drinking water and I have to agree! I am constantly grabbing bottles of water and at home if I tell them to drink water they don’t head to the faucet, they head for the garage where we store the bottled water.
Nestlé® Pure Life® understands how hard it is to get our kids to choose water and keep up on their hydration needs throughout the day. They have teamed up with Robin Plotkin, a food and nutrition expert, to offer tips for hydration. From the list of her tips, the one that stands out most to me as a Mom is her tip that states Lead by example. Each time Mom or Dad goes for a drink of water, ask your child if they’d like a drink of water, too. Soon, it will be the kids asking the parents if they’d like to join them for a water break. The reason this stands out is because I realized a while back I also need to drink more water. So because I was trying to create water breaks for me, I made sure my son took one too. He has adopted my habit of taking water to bed. The other evening he was upstairs watching a video and comes down to hand me the water bottle I had on my nightstand and says “Mom, I was thirsty so I had some of my bed water and thought you might want yours too!” Leading by example is very effective!
Right now, soccer is in season and my son’s team are given many water breaks at practices. As Mom’s we are all looking after the kids together and most of us will be quick to shout out that we brought extra water if a child runs out or forgets theirs. In the same statistics I mentioned earlier, 33% of kids find it hard to remember to drink water without reminders. If you have had a child on a sports team, they run hard and unless we remind them to take water breaks they will play away without water. The moment we mention a water break you can almost see their little light bulbs turn on the their heads and they drop what they are doing to run to their water bottles. They need the water, but lack that instinct to stop every so often and listen to their bodies. On some days my son is sweating hard and very red in the face and I take those days to call him over even more often for a water break. It helps! They get dehydrated fast and you have to remember that on some days they may just require more hydration for whatever reason. For all this water we are now drinking it is so convenient to find Nestlé® Pure Life® Water at Walmart. I love buying brands that give back in a positive way and Nestlé® Pure Life® Water does that with their Ripple Effect program.
The Ripple Effect
Nestlé® Pure Life® is so committed to helping families make healthy decisions and drink more water that they are a proud supporter of a Healthier America’s Drink Up Initiative. The Ripple Effect refers to the fact that learning to make healthier choices in our childhood has lifelong benefits. Because this initiative is meant to get adults and children to reach for water more often, the After School All-Stars organization accepts water donated by Nestlé® Pure Life® to give to kids after school so they are encouraged to drink water in afternoon and evening activities. Nestlé® Pure Life® has committed to provide nearly one million 8 ounce servings of water to kids this school year through After-School All-Stars. Information source – At over 20 participating schools in select markets across the country
You can make a difference right now and it is very easy! All you have to do is head to pureliferippleeffect.com and share your tips on how you keep yourself and children hydrated while using the hashtag #pureliferippleeffect. Your tips will help other Mom’s become empowered so they can join us in sending the kids off to school fueled and hydrated. Make sure to also follow them on Facebook.
© 2015 Nestlé® Waters North America Inc. Survey conducted online survey in June 2015 of 1,077 moms of kids ages 6-12 overall, including 254 Hispanic moms of kids ages 6-12. 1,077 kids ages 6-12 from the same household were also surveyed, including 254 Hispanic kids ages 6-12.
I have shared how I lead by example and keep extra water on me for practices and games to keep my son hydrated with Nestlé® Pure Life® water, what do you do to keep your kids hydrated?