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Parenting tip: Call all beverages “water.”

The random parenting tip of the day is: Call all beverages “water.”

This way your child only ever asks for water, and therefore is given only water. Because if a child asks someone, like Grandma, for juice, Grandma gives a big glass of juice, and it’s not at all watered down. Once your child tastes that, then they really want Grandma’s juice.

PipSqueak (my younger daughter) would love to know why some “water” tastes sweeter than other water…but her favorite is when I share my carrot “wa-wa.” Meanwhile, big Sis thinks juiced carrots are yucky. 

Monkey (my older daughter) at least thinks juice is supposed to be mixed with 1/2 water, so she asks for “juice and water” and wants to do the water herself from the water dispenser on our fridge.

We are working on Monkey’s juice addiction. It’s now 3/4 water. She has to drink an entire cup of just water before she can have more juice, usually by then it’s “almost dinner time” (after 3pm) which is too close to bedtime to drink juice.

Also all sippy cups and water bottles only contain water, so they don’t get gross when left in the car. We do not take any juice with us when we go anywhere, including camping or hotels. So basically we’re down to Monkey gets 1 glass of 25% juice each day, and PipSqueak usually sneaks some “wa-wa” when big Sis isn’t looking.

I suppose I could solve the juice problem once and for all if I just stopped buying juice. But I like to mix juice with my kombucha or in smoothies. Since my child sees me drink some everyday, it makes sense that she wants juice too. 

Becky is wife to Duane, mama to "Monkey-girl" and baby "Lioness" aka "PipSqueek." She is the administrative powerhouse for YWAM Bend and keeps our team grounded and organized. Her hope is to inspire and encourage other mamas in their journey to raise healthy, thriving families.
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