Hydration, Summer, and Executive Function

Kids drinking water outside on a field

Parents play a crucial role in their children’s well-being, especially during the summer months when hydration becomes essential. Hydration significantly impacts executive function, which is vital for academic success and overall development. In this post, we will explore the relationship between hydration, summer, and executive function. Read on for practical strategies to ensure your child stays properly hydrated this summer!

The Importance of Hydration

Proper hydration is crucial for your child’s brain function, concentration, and memory. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, decreased cognitive performance, and hinder executive function abilities. Understanding the connection between hydration and optimal brain function will help support your child’s success.

Strategies for Promoting Hydration

  • Set water-drinking routines: Encourage your child to drink water regularly throughout the day. Establish specific times for water breaks, ensuring they have access to clean drinking water.
  • Teach the benefits: Educate your child about the importance of hydration and how it positively impacts their focus, attention, and problem-solving skills.
  • Offer healthy alternatives: Promote nutritious hydration options like fruit-infused water or homemade smoothies as alternatives to sugary beverages.

Hydration Tips for Summer

  • Be proactive during outdoor activities: Remind your child to drink water before, during, and after physical activities to replenish fluids lost after sweating.
  • Encourage a water bottle habit: Provide your child with a reusable water bottle that they can carry and refill throughout the day, making hydration convenient and accessible.

Lead by Example

Model healthy hydration practices for your child. Ensure you have a water bottle readily available and openly discuss the benefits of hydration. By demonstrating the importance of drinking water, you can inspire your child to do the same.

By establishing water-drinking routines, teaching the benefits of hydration, and providing healthy alternatives, you can contribute to your child’s overall well-being and academic success. Let’s make hydration a priority this summer, nurturing our children’s executive function and helping them thrive academically and mentally.

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  • Caitlin Vanderberg, M.Ed., SMARTS Associate

SMARTS Executive Function Curriculum: smarts-ef.org

Research Institute for Learning and Development: researchild.org



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