"Being a good dad starts with presence not presents"
Home and away its always really important to get lots of good fluids into your kids. Unfortunately sometimes its hard to get the right kind in. With it getting harder and harder to avoid sugary drink I though I would put down some things I use while travelling to keep my girls (1 &3) hydrated and happy.
One of the biggest things that I found has made my girls want to drink more water is something I would never have guess. Having a unique water bottle. We have a lifestraw one but there are loads out there with their own cool thing that can inspire kids to drink more. Lucy and Till will literally be clambering over each other to have a go at drinking from it when I take it out. Its also handy when we travel to places that the water might not be to good as well so double win!
Next we try and make drinking water a routine. Every time one person has a sip everyone has a sip or everyone drink a certain amount every time we eat (even snacks). When we are out hiking its every time we stop, even for just a minute everyone has a little drink. It gets not just the kids but also us into a routine of drinking more water, which is good for everyone.
Juice is a good change up especially as a breakfast treat but not good for the whole day so we try and go with hydration sachets. There are loads to choose from some taste good and some taste so salty its like a mouth full of ocean water. After trying a few i'm a fan of hydralite, it doesn't taste of salt or anything to much, obviously depending on how much water you mix it with. I mix a sachet with a liter and there is the faint taste of a flavor, just enough to know its there.
At the end of the day weather its water, juice or even milk getting and staying hydrated is one of the most important thing for ourselves and our kids to have a good normal day or vacation. So lets all drink up and get out there.