The Water Challenge

It’s already started – dry skin season.

Every year I have kids who really suffer during the cold months. Every year I tell them that they need to moisturize from the inside out – which means that they need to drink more water.

Every year my words fall on deaf ears.

Until this year. This year a miracle happened. One child listened.

She actually asked how much water she should drink. I told her 8 – 8 ounce glasses.

There was a pause while she did the math. “You mean I have to drink 64 ounces of water every day?”

Yep. (Extra points for doing the math correctly!)

I do it every day. It’s totally possible.

She pondered this for a day or two, then on Sunday she pulled out her water bottle, did some calculating and determined that if she drank 2 of those every day, she would reach her quota.

She then filled it and put it in the fridge so she was ready for the next day.

Monday was a success and the dry spots on her shoulders were gone.

By Tuesday her hands were starting to heal.

By Wednesday she noticed that she actually sweated when she worked out.

At the supper table, she shared her new found wisdom with her siblings – who listened better when it came from one of their own.

Then she issued a challenge – which of them would join her in drinking 64 ounces of water the next day?

After supper there was a flurry to find water bottles and get them filled.


The kids decided that whoever didn’t drink their quota of H2O would be subject to PT (physical training) inflicted on them by those who did finish.

Thursday was a success (although a couple of kids chugged about a quart in the evening to finish up!)

Friday was also a success.

I’m not sure how much longer this can last – but as a Mom – I definitely feel vindicated.

Momma’s always right.

PS – How much water did you drink today?

5 thoughts on “The Water Challenge

  1. I’m trying! I’m trying! I’m REALLY trying!?! It seems as though in order to get myself to drink an adequate amount of water I must also eat to work up a thirst…ugh!?! That means, well, that means I eat more than I should. I should take note and learn a lesson as MaKayla and I have had dry, cracked and bleeding hands for the past few weeks!


  2. Ummm, good question ๐Ÿ™‚ Way to go watering your children from the inside out ๐Ÿ™‚ I like that!

    Want to know what got this gal drinking water and LIKING it? My mom gave my clean, clear, sweet water (naturally yummy!!) to drink from a bottle. It was expensive. I was older (25yo) when she introduced me to it. But I drank it like I was trying to make up for 25 yrs of not having any water.

    Then many years went by. I moved away and could not find my “special” water anywhere. Till a couple years ago, in MO. I found some clean, crystal clear water, yummy tasting water again. Not as good as my other water but real good none the less.

    For me, when I have clean, good tasting water I drink it till the cows come home ๐Ÿ™‚

    Not that any of that helps you ๐Ÿ™‚ But it was fun talking to you — hee hee

    Oh, btw, is your clan up for Christmas caroling this year?

    See you Sunday~ Cinnamon


  3. OUCH ! As I typed this afternoon, my own Melinda set a glass of water firmly on my desk… she TRIES to look after me, her forgetful mama. Then one of my favorite bloggers sets a reminder firmly on my screen. *sigh* OKAY. Nuff said! (and thank your kids for setting good examples.)


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