Juice is kiddy crack.
There, I said it.
We made the fatal mistake of introducing juice to the twins when they were very young – probably under age 2. We diluted it, sure, but they got the taste.
And that was enough.
My husband and I made ourselves feel better about it by being sure to only purchase all natural, 100%
This way we justified it as a healthy choice. We even served the fruit and vegetable mix.
Ya know, the one with 22g of sugar per serving?
When they started drinking it regularly, it was really hard to get them to drink anything else…especially water.
They were averaging about 16oz a day or more, which was nearly 3x the recommended amount.
By the grace of God, I can now say my kids request water, never complain when it’s given to them, and drink anything else sparingly.
I did not even have to take away their beloved juice or cause complete meltdowns with this process (ok, I’m sure there were couple of small meltdowns somewhere in the beginning).
So how’d I do it?
A child can only drink so much in a day and this way, you’re making sure he’s filling that thirst with what he needs. In the end, there’s not much room left for what he might want but if he earns it, good for him! Let him enjoy his treat, wash and start over.