I have made a grave error. For years I have given the boys a mix of juice and water to drink for snack/meals etc. It is about a 50-50, or 60-40 (juice) mix. It tastes nasty, but they are used to it. They aren't allowed to have it until after 10:30 AM, but after that it is fair game. I have recently decided that I would like to start moving the kids towards water, at least for meals. I have noticed that the few times I have given them water they have drank less and ate much better. Today at lunch I was met with screaming and tears. Eli had several amusing reasons as to why he does not like to drink water:
"It tastes bad"
"I'm allergic to it"
"It makes me sick"
and my personal favorite - "It's gray."