Water

Beverly - posted on 02/08/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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We can't get our teenager to drink enough water -- we are at the point of measuring all liquids going in her -- any ideas how to help develop water drinking habit? She's always resisted it and says she hates water. She is only allowed an occasional soda when we are out to eat.
Thanks for your help!

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Katy - posted on 02/13/2009

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I go through phases where I just don't want water. Now, I dont care for soda, and rarely buy juice. So, I will squeeze lime or lemon to change it up once in a while. My issue is flavor. Our local tap water is disgusting to me, and buying water can be a pain. So I will give mine a little flavor once in a while to boost my intake. I also enjoy decaf tea, and their are so many out there!

Good Luck!

Naomi - posted on 02/12/2009

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Teenagers are genrally focussed on body image. So I would tell her it's great for weight management, especially with a little lemon juice which helps the bodies metabolism. When I was a child we didn't keep softdrink etc. in the house only on special occassions like birthday and christmas. A small glass of orange juice with breakfast and a glass of milk in the evening the rest of the time it was water or herbal tea.

Katt - posted on 02/12/2009

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when I was a teen, my mom would make me drink one glass of water before any juice, milk, pop, or whatever.

Penny - posted on 02/12/2009

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For that weight and height, assuming she is active, she should be looking at a minimum of 2 litres a day of fluid. That's almost impossible to do when you first start, so try and just get her to build up slowly otherwise it wont work. What I do is carry a small water bottle round with me all the time and take a sip every 5 minutes or so, no matter what I'm doing. It fits in my bag and isnt too heavy cos it's only a tiny kids one, and I refill it from taps or watercoolers wherever I am. This way I drink around 2-3 litres a day. I'm the same weight and height as her. :-)

Mary - posted on 02/12/2009

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We had a stapple in the house called Pink Water.  2 parts water 1 part cranberry juice (No high fructose corn syrup) My kids loved it not to mention it looks a little like fruit punch.  as adults they still look for it in the fridge.

Beverly - posted on 02/11/2009

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Thanks for your response! At this point we are trying to get her to drink a full glass in the morning and one when she gets home from school. We've bought her water bottles like mine to encourage her to drink more -- I drink water and rarely drink flavored drinks. Her dad's the same but will drink a juice with dinner. She opts not to drink nothing than to drink water. But we will keep at it!

Christine - posted on 02/11/2009

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When I was growing up, my Mom only had water in the house. We didn't have pop or juice... that was saved for when we went out. I wouldn't stress too much about it. The best and only thing you can do with a teenager is just live by example... only have water and milk in the house. Make sure that you drink water just as often. Be a good role model.

Beverly - posted on 02/11/2009

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Great suggestions -- thank you! Any ideas for pushing plain water? Do you know how much water for a kid about 115 pounds 5'5"?

Penny - posted on 02/11/2009

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You can buy pure fruit juices that flavour the water without any additives etc, or you could water down smoothie for her, or just drinking swmoothies or juice would be enough fluid. Also, you can get a lot of fluid from soups and liquid foods like cucumber etc, try and get her eating juicy fruits and things.

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