Imani Clark Cato Middle College Senior
Growing up, I can definitely say that lunch time was probably the most emotional part of school. During lunch I noticed that a lot of my peers would bring juice boxes and sodas to school nearly every day. I remember feeling an undeniable envy towards those students as I wished that my parents would pack me the same lunches. Both of my parents were in the medical field and from an early age they taught me about the importance of water. Sodas and juices were nearly always saved for special occasions.
Now that I am nearing the peak of my teenage years I can definitely say that it is imperative that parents teach their children about water and its benefits. When puberty hit and my face started to break out I drank nothing but water for months because I had already known that drinking water helps to clear up skin. When I started to work out and play sports I would drink water instead of Sprite like my teammates because my parents always coached me on the importance of replenishing my body. When you teach your child to drink water they will remember it in the future.
Lastly, if you are a parent, yes, inform your child of the benefits of water, but you should take it a step further and include it in their meals and daily activities. There are various subtle ways that you can incorporate water into your child’s diet.
TWO EASY things you can do as a parent for your kids:
1. When making their lunches, always make sure to pack a water bottle. If it is possible, use a reusable water bottle so that your children will be able to refill them throughout the day.
2. If water seems too dull, try to infuse fruits into your water. I always recommend lemon honey water. It’s an amazing cleanser and when heated up it tastes like tea. In parting I implore you as this school year approaches, always remember to keep your child healthy and hydrated.