We’ve got some Easy Ways to Get Your Kids to Drink More Water so you can help them start building healthy habits!

Keeping your kids hydrated is super important but it isn’t always easy. I’ve got a few easy ways you can get your kids to drink water. It is a great way to help kids build healthy habits that will last a lifetime!

Guys, I can’t tell you how excited I am about this summer! Something you might not know about me is that until last fall I was the owner of a seasonal business. We were only open from March – October and summer was our busiest season. That was fine when I was younger but once I got married and had children working long days and weekends, especially over the summer, meant missing out on a lot of time with my family. Last year I made the decision to sell and this will be my first summer as a stay at home mom. I’m so excited to spend the summer building memories with my kiddos!

Keeping your kids hydrated is super important but it isn’t always easy. I’ve got a few easy ways you can get your kids to drink water. It is a great way to help kids build healthy habits that will last a lifetime!

Our schedule is already filling up with all sorts of summer fun. My son is playing soccer for the second year. My daughter is taking gymnastics, and now that the weather is warm they spend evening and weekends running around outside. I think the biggest thing I’m looking froward to is spending a lot of time at the beach! I have so many fun memories of family time at the beach when I was a little kid. My family owns a condo at the beach and we spent many. MANY summer weeks there. For the last 5 years I’ve missed out on making those memories with my kids because finding a weekend I could get away from work was almost impossible. Both of my kids love the sand and sun and they are already talking about all of the things we are going to do at the beach with Vovó (Grandma in Portuguese).

Keeping your kids hydrated is super important but it isn’t always easy. I’ve got a few easy ways you can get your kids to drink water. It is a great way to help kids build healthy habits that will last a lifetime!

With all of the sports activities, time at the beach, and just plain having fun this summer keeping the kids healthy and hydrated is super important and water is the drink of choice in our house. Did you know that 47% of added sugars in the US American Diet  come from beverages? If you replace just one 12-ounce, 140 calorie sugar sweetened beverage with water every day for a year can cut more than 50,000 calories from your diet! My husband and I gave up sugary drinks a while back and I’ve been working on doing the same for my kids. The newly released 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that the primary beverage consumed should be either calorie-free – like water – or should contribute beneficial nutrients such as fat-free and low-fat milk and 100% juice.

It hasn’t been the easiest transition but figuring out how to get the kids (and us adults) to drink more water has been worth it.  A 2015 survey conducted by Nestlé® Pure Life® showed that kids who drink 4 or more glasses of water per day are more likely to frequently exhibit healthy habits like getting their own water when they are thirsty, eating their fruits and veggies without needing a reminder, and requesting healthy food and drink options in their school lunches.

Since it did take a little encouragement to get my kids to want to drink more water I thought I’d share a few things I learned along the way.

Tips for Getting Your Kid to Drink More Water:

Have Fun with It

Water doesn’t need to be boring. It is an essential part of life and helps keep your family healthy and happy. If you want your kids to drink more of them make it fun for them by giving them crazy straws to drink it with. Everything is better when you’re drinking it through a crazy straw.

Make it Easy

Keeping your kids hydrated is super important but it isn’t always easy. I’ve got a few easy ways you can get your kids to drink water. It is a great way to help kids build healthy habits that will last a lifetime!

My kids are getting to the age where they want to do stuff for themselves. I’ve designated the lowest shelf in my fridge for the kids’. Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water comes in kid-friendly 8 oz. bottles and I keep that shelf stocked with it. When they are thirsty they know they can go into the fridge and grab a drink all on their own, they don’t even have to ask!

 Always Have it Available

Keeping your kids hydrated is super important but it isn’t always easy. I’ve got a few easy ways you can get your kids to drink water. It is a great way to help kids build healthy habits that will last a lifetime!

We are on the go a lot and that is why juice boxes became our go to drink on the road. Now when we are heading out the door the kids run to the fridge and grab a Nestlé® Pure Life® bottled water off of their shelf to take in the car (and I grab the 20 oz. version for myself!). Having a lid to put on their water makes them easy to carry everywhere with us. I even pack them in my son’s lunch box and bring them to his soccer team for after practice.

Nestlé® Pure Life® brand is helping to make water an exciting part of your family’s routine by thinking outside the bottle! Right now they are hosting an interactive contest where parents have their children Draw What Makes Them Smile and enter their child’s design for a chance to have it included in the 2017 Share-a- Smile bottle label collection. The two Grand prize winners will each also receive a $25,000 college scholarship, a trip for four to Florida and Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water for a year (awarded as 24 coupons, each good for a half liter or 8 ounce 24-pack of Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water) .

See Spanish version HERE

To enter, parents are asked to visit www.shareyoursmilecontest.com where they can download the “Share Your Smile” design template and entry form and find the Official Rules for the contest and instructions for the design. Completed entries can be mailed in or uploaded via the website (as of 5/6) for a chance to win. For more details on entry check out the video (shared separately). The contest will run from April 7, 2016 – June 6, 2016. The winners will be announced on or about August 16, 2016. To learn more about Nestlé® Pure Life® and to enter the Share Your Smile contest visit www.shareyoursmilecontest.com **.  You can download the entry forms here English version & Spanish version.

Did you submit a design? Share on social with # ShareASmile and tagging @nestlepurelifeus!

Hope these tips help you get your kids excited about water so they can start building healthy habits today!

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** NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. MANY MAY ENTER, FEW WILL WIN. Parents may submit a label design created by their child between the ages of 6–12 into the Nestlé® Pure Life® “Share Your Smile” Label Design Contest (“Contest”). Parents or legal guardians must be at least 18 years of age and legal U.S. residents residing in the 50 United States or D.C. Contest void outside the 50 United States and D.C. and where prohibited. Entry deadline 6/6/16. For full Official Rules, submission guidelines and prize details/ARVs, visit www.shareyoursmilecontest.com.  Sponsor: Nestlé Waters North America Inc., Stamford, CT.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nestle® Pure Life® . The opinions and text are all mine.