Here's how Darienne makes water more palatable to her preschooler:
My 3 year-old has always been a big milk drinker. We tried to get him to drink more water by giving him water with a bit of unsweetened fruit juice. But then he just wanted juice and chocolate milk, and still balked at plain water.
After his morning juice, our little sugar monster now gets water with a teeny splash of Torani Sugar Free Syrup. Success! He loves it. I'm sure Torani could replace the chocolate syrup he's addicted to as well.
Potential second use: When he first smelled the bottle of raspberry syrup, he exclaimed: "It smells like cold medicine!" Light bulb: Since he loves (and misses) cold medicine, next time he's snuffly we'll try raspberry-flavored water as new "medicine."
While a little Torani never hurt anyone, I'm afraid this one's a slippery slope. Kids who think every drink should be sweet risk developing a serious soda habit later on. I've found that talking about how "our bodies are mostly made of water" helped get past resistance. As did sports bottles while out and about. And the rule that water is the only between-meal beverage available (when they're past the big milk-drinking stage).