How to Get Your Grandchildren to Drink Water!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s a hot and humid weekend here in Virginia. This is a time when we need to pay extra attention to drink enough water, especially our children. This can be a challenge though when water is not the preferred drink.

In a recent post “Water: The Juice of Life” I wrote about the importance of replenishing our body continually with water to keep us alert, energized and overall healthy. I explained that our brain cannot store water. It needs constant replenishment to keep alert and functioning.

However, I did not emphasize how important it is to pay extra attention to the children who are growing and their brain is in constant high gear to learn about life.

Dr. Michael Greger, M.D. in a video below pointed out several studies he considered groundbreaking: the remarkable effect on children’s cognitive ability after simply drinking water:

  • Researchers discovered that a significant proportion of school children were found to be mildly dehydrated at the beginning of a the school day.
  • After drinking some water, they consistently found that the children improved in their cognitive functions.
  • Significant improvement in cognitive performance was not found with coke or drugs like Ritalin but just plain water.


  • Children in general do not drink enough water.
  • Most children don’t drink water from when they wake up in the morning to when they go off to school.
  • Even a mild dehydration can impact the child’s learning ability; e.g. remembering numbers, memory in general.

A Great Opportunity for Grandmothers

Grandmothers most often enjoy a special influence over their grandchildren.  Grandchildren may pay better attention to us because we have learned to be more patient. Thus, we can support the parents in teaching their children to:

  • start the day with a glass of water.
  • build a life-long habit of drinking water throughout the day.
  • reinforce extra water (may add just a bit of fresh juice or lemon for taste) during meals and snack time.

We grandmothers can be a role model. When the grandkids are around, let’s drink water with them. We all need that extra glass to boost our brain function anyway. I tell my grandchildren to remind me if I do not drink my water. They love that and it keeps us on track.

Sometimes I trick my grandkids into drinking that extra glass. Let me share how I recently diverted an irritable moment with my two grand-daughters (twins, 8 years old). They know why I push water.

So, while they were quarreling I said: “Ally, you just had the last word, you get a reward.” Of course, that immediately shifted the attention. I quietly handed her a refreshing glass of water and said: “Enjoy!” Then I turned to Alissa and said: “And you had your last word before Ally and here is your reward,” while I handed a smaller glass of fresh water to her. I then poured myself a glass and called a toast:

“A most delicious toast to the healthiest and happiest young ladies, Ally and Alissa! To our again happy brains which we replenished with happy juice: WATER! ” Both rolled their eyes first – I am sure you can envision it – and then we three burst out laughing. Another crazy trick of Oma (grandma) to get us to drink water!

The quarrel was forgotten; each had a glass of water, and all turned into fun! And that in less than two minutes!!

Let’s raise a deliciously refreshing glass of water to our smart grandchildren!

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  1. I am not a grandparent but I am a parent and one of the things we did when my oldest kids were little was to by a cooler that holds five gallons of water. At the time we lived in a place that didn’t have great water. Since then we move to a city that has great water. We just fill it with tap water. The kids love to get the water themselves. When they are three and four it is great because they can get their own and feel independent. They also drink lots of water that way! When you make it a novelty they love it!!

  2. Danielle, you are the mother of my heart! You started your children early the importance of drinking water. It will be part of their life now. I see the same results with my grandchildren. But that is not the norm, unfortunately. If only one person will be stimulated to encourage water-drinking habits in children around them, we have made a difference.
    Thank you for taking the time to read this post and sharing your experience – an inspiration for others!

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