Do you allow your young teens to drink coffee?

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My 14 year old told me he thinks he should be allowed to drink coffee but I told him he is too young. What do other parents think?

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 09/23/2016

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Coffee, in moderation at that age is fine, both my kids had it occasionally.

Soda, if you are going to allow it, should NOT be diet. There are too many harmful chemicals in diet soda, and they have been found to cause some medical issues and obesity, believe it or not.

Water is the preferred beverage of course, but we also allowed some sodas, no caffeine until middle school or so. Things like Gatorade have a lot of sugar, and my kids had energy issues with those. Juice, in small amounts, is OK, but again, very sugary.

Energy drinks? No way! They are being shown to have possible connections to heart problems. My brother in law spent a few days on a heart monitor after using those, and was told to leave them alone.

Jodi - posted on 09/23/2016

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Personally, I think they should ban energy drink sales to minors.......I taught a kid who went into cardiac arrest because he drank too many energy drinks that he could purchase himself. He was 14 and now has permanent heart damage.

But coffee in moderation is not harmful.

Dove - posted on 09/23/2016

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I would much rather have a kid drink a regular soda than a diet one. Sure, it's a lot of sugar, but it's much better than the extra chemical crap that's in diet. 'I' rarely have soda in the house (only when I feel like having root beer floats for a while... so maybe 2-3 bottles a year), but they can have it if we go out for fast food or if they are w/ their friends. I don't buy juice very often either, so when I do buy it... I don't limit it. When it's gone, it's gone. Basically we have a bunch of cold water bottles in the fridge and a gallon of milk (which is typically only used for my morning mocha and any cereal the kids eat... but they will sometimes have some plain or chocolate milk.. rarely). That's it for being kept in the house, but if they are running themselves into the store for food (happens a lot) I don't monitor what they pick out. ;)

Ev - posted on 09/23/2016

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Both my kids are adults now but when they were at home, we had tea, Koolaid, colas sometimes, and milk, and water. As little ones it was always milk, juice sometimes, water for the most part. Sodas were a treat and I never gave them the diet sodas because they are worse for the chemicals and sweeteners that regular sodas. I allowed them to have coffee when grandparents were around. Just like my parents allowed when my grandparents were around....they were around not all the time. Sodas also have chemicals in them but the artifical sweeteners in diet sodas make them worse. The energy drinks are full of chemicals and crap so to speak. I have heard too many news stories where kids have died because parents did not limit the energy drink intake because it raised blood pressure or heart rate too high.

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Ev - posted on 09/23/2016

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Actually, the sweeteners in the diet colas are 10 times worse than the other sugars that you get in cola. It is the amount more than the fact that it is sugar.

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I am pretty strict about what I allow in the house, and what I buy, and I do not allow energy drinks in the house for the reasons you state (they are full of things I don't think kids need). I know my boys have had them a few times at friends houses and other places outside our home, but not very often, so I don't worry about that, but they never get them in our home. I do allow the boys to have a limit of one diet soda a day, but no more than that. I don't think the diet stuff is very good for growing boys either, but it is better than the 8 or 10 teaspoons of sugar in non diet drinks. As far as the coffee goes, I still have not decided if I am going to allow it, but if I do it will be limited to mornings only. I wonder if it makes sense to allow decaf instead of the "real" thing? I personally can not stand decaf but maybe it would be a compromise I could live with for Logan.

Ev - posted on 09/23/2016

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You should really watch the energy drinks. TThey are full of stuff the kids under 18 do not need. My son drinks them but he watches how much of them he does have.

Michelle - posted on 09/23/2016

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My teen has never asked for a coffee. I also really restrict his cola as well. I don't buy it unless the pizza delivery stuffs up and gives me Coke instead of Sprite.
My kids also never have energy drinks, maybe my 15yo should start though, he's a pain to get out of bed in the mornings!!!!

Jodi - posted on 09/22/2016

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In moderation, I don't really see the issue. My 11 year old daughter has an occasional cup of tea. The only concern would be around the caffeine - and yet I'm sure he drinks cola and energy drinks. Coffee is probably better for him than those things! Just don't let him drink it later in the day, but a cup early in the day wouldn't be harmful.

Dove - posted on 09/22/2016

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I do not drink coffee, so it is not in my home... but my teenagers (15 in a couple of months) have been drinking it on occasion w/ their youth groups and such since 11ish years old.

Ev - posted on 09/22/2016

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I was drinking coffee younger than that and only when grandmother was around. I think in moderation is fine.

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