Hydration is important for people of all ages, but it is of special importance in children. They are still growing and developing, so their bodies need the proper tools and resources. In terms of day to day functioning, children require more water each day than adults do (proportional to their relative body weights). Smart mums all across the UK know that their children need to stay hydrated if they want to maximise their potential at school. That is why they are making sure to pack water bottles for school.
Proper hydration improves classroom performance. It helps children stay awake and concentrate more effectively than their less well hydrated peers. The human brain is about 80 percent water, so hydration plays a vital role in cognition. Unfortunately the human body is very poor at regulating its water supply, and usually by the time we feel thirsty the negative effects of dehydration have already started. This makes it a good idea to encourage our children to drink often, even when they don’t feel thirsty.
But remember to avoid fizzy drinks or drinks with lots of sugar, as we know these make it more difficult for our children to focus. It might be counterproductive to encourage our children to drink plenty of fluids if it means they are going to consume large quantities of cola. Mineral water is the healthiest option, but almost anything is better than fizzy drinks.
Children are much more physically active than typical adults. This means that we need to make sure they are hydrated throughout the school day, especially if they have sports. Even if they don’t have sports, kids tend to run around a lot at break time so there isn’t really any time we can afford to neglect proper hydration.
The quality of our learning in the earlier years has a cumulative effect that increases over time. The small actions that we take in the present lead to a chain of cause and effect events over the years. You can take advantage of this “snowball effect”, by doing your best to make the right decisions for your children. This includes seemingly small and insignificant choices like making sure your kids have topped up water bottles for school. This is an easy way that you can help encourage an upward spiral of success in their lives. As parents, we are usually good at taking care of the big things but it’s sometimes easy to forget the small ones.
By packing water bottles for school in your child’s school kit, you provide the foundation for them to start achieving early on in life. It might not seem like a big deal, but anything small thing you can do to improve your child’s ability to concentrate will be beneficial to them. This one weird tip could make a huge difference to your child’s early success in school, and hopefully set the stage for the rest of his or her life.