Soda, when would you let your kids have it?

~♥Little Miss - posted on 07/24/2012 ( 66 moms have responded )

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My sister and I were having a discussion about what age you would let your kid have soda. At her sons party (who turned 7) there were many kids drinking diet coke. It was a little shocking for that age range. I do occasionally let my kids have root beer or clear soda, but we are talking like 1 sip or something every 3-4 months. Typically it is juice, water or milk. I don't think I would let my kids have dark soda with caffeine until they are at least 12 or 13, but right now they are 2 and 6. Thoughts?

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Tracey - posted on 07/24/2012

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My son's teacher bought a tooth that had fallen out during a lesson (with agreement from child and parents, paying twice the tooth fairy's rate) and left it in a glass of coke. After 3 days she showed the rotton stump to the class and explained how the coke had caused the tooth to decay, and asked them what they thought it did to the inside of their bodies. Result - none of the kids wanted to drink coke for a very long time.

Jodi - posted on 07/24/2012

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Ah well, I always supply fizzy drinks at the kids parties......it's supposed to be a treat, and a party is a treat. I have, however, never purchased Coke for this purpose - anything with caffeine was off limits at that age, but fizzy drinks? Meh. It was never an every day purchase, but for special occasions, I honestly don't see the big deal.

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my daughter doesn't have soda at all. she has watered-down hi-c and koolaid, but no sodas. i don't see anything wrong with carbonated drinks as long as they aren't full of sugar and crap. besides, i know that when i have a sore throat carbonation really helps me feel better. not sure why.



as for juice, baby girl gets a cup full of water with maybe an inch from the top is juice. cuts down on the sugar and she gets plenty of water that way. she doesn't want to drink water by itself, she'd let herself dehydrate if i just gave her water. i know that's sad but i was the same way when i was little. now i like water, but hated it until i had my kids.

Faith - posted on 08/05/2012

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I would hold off giving my kids any soda as long as possible. Soda is highly addictive and have so many negative health concerns. This is why so many children are developing diabetes at such young ages. Diet soda is even worse than regular soda. Do you know how bad the artificial sweeteners are? You do not crave soda when you don't drink it, so why start?

Vicki - posted on 08/02/2012

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Ideally never :) but I guess I can't control that lol. I don't drink any kind of soda, it makes ME feel crap, so it hasn't been something he's really noticed. My son has water, milk, and very occasionally juice. Almost always freshly squeezed juice (oranges are in season at the moment) as some juices have stacks of added sugar. I'm not a total food freak, he's allowed some chocolate, cakes, biscuits etc but soft drink (soda) is so full of crap it's a big no. I realise he'll probably have it in the future at parties or whatever but there's no reason to have it in the house. I was never allowed coke growing up, just lemonade occasionally and I never suffered for it.

My brother has a sodastream, so I guess if carbonated drinks are really wanted in the future I might get one too. That way water or diluted juice can become the fizzy drink without all the crapola.

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Amy - posted on 09/03/2012

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The opinions on this vary from one extreme to the other. My 10 year old daughter is allowed one small cup (about 6 oz) of soda after she eats her whole dinner. The soda is usually clear and is always caffeine free. And never diet. Diet soda for kids is worse than giving them dark, caffeinated soda. Other than the cup she has after dinner, she is not allowed soda. Her other alternatives are juice or water. Milk intake is another thing I monitor as well. You cannot control what your child drinks when they are not in your company. My daughter goes to her aunt and uncle's house, they allow her small portions of soda that I typically do not. But it's not an all the time occurrence either. Mostly, moderation is the most important thing.

West - posted on 08/24/2012

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I hope my kids never get soda lol. I would say let them try it at 5 but always explain water is better. I wish I never got introduced to sprite lol

Jenny - posted on 08/14/2012

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My biggest concern was to protect my babies from soft drink. Being the first grandkids on my side, everybody in my family thought it would be funny and cute to give them soft drink. And ice-cream and chocolate. And lollies. All before they even turned 1! I was not happy at all.



Now that my oldest is 3 and can eat all his food well, it is not such a concern about him getting his daily dose of good healthy food and drink, so if my extended family gives him a sip (they at least know not to give him a full cup!) of soda, I try not to freak out anymore. lol.



Sherri, I agree with you that its not a good idea to ban certain foods. I have had freinds in my teens who would come over for a sleep over and beg me to let them eat nuttella out of the jar, because it was of limits in their home. We always had some on hand in our home, and I honestly didn't think it was a big deal, until I saw my friend eat it out of the jar and to my shock and horror, to find out that pretty much every body else does this too!!! lol.



I think its ok to have junk food and lollies etc and teach your kids what "occassionally" means and why these foods should not be part of a staple diet.



Anyway, back to your question, I think from 3 (preferably 4) years onwards it is okay to for them to have a little on occasions. But, due to the caffeine in drinks, I'm only okay with a sip. You wouldn't consider giving your kid a cup of coffee, so why would you give him a full cup of soda.

Kathy - posted on 08/10/2012

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5ish - in age appropriate amounts.



We do not have it in the house, but they can order it at restaurants and friends/family will often offer it. I would say they drink soda about once or twice a month.



None of the them (16, 13 and 9) have ever had a soda habit - it is no biggie.

Lauren - posted on 08/10/2012

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I think 12 or 13 is a good age to allow them to have soda's but as for it being a part of a birthday party I might serve Orange crush or Grape Crush at an 8-9 year old birthday party in small cups. Not enough for them all to get hypped up on it, just as a treat.

Kylene - posted on 08/08/2012

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I have a son who is ADHD, mood disorder (NOS), and Anxiety (NOS), he goes to a psychiatrist every few months and she says do NOT give a ADHD child caffiene to calm them this is the worst thing you can do it may work for a few but the coming down for caffiene is worse for them an ADHD child NEEDS proper treatment by a doctor.

Kylene - posted on 08/08/2012

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I have 4 kids, ages 12 years, 9 years, 4 years, and 6 months old, my oldest 3 get soda with no caffiene on holidays or if we go out to eat thats it Im not big on soda at all but I guess they where probably 2 or a little older when they had there first soda.

Casey - posted on 08/06/2012

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Milk and water, and she's 7 and a half, she 98.5% of the time will choose water. If she is allowed a fizzy lemonade she'll have a couple of sips and then will ask for water anyway! Even her OJ is watered down if she has it, coz kids don't need it. I don't ban her from them, they sell 99% fizzy fruit juice at school on a Wednesday and its sugar free. She still comes home with half a can usually! I feel like I have set her up for good healthy habits for life and drinking lots of water is only good for you!

Terri - posted on 08/05/2012

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I have a 10, 9, 6 and 3 year old. They are only allowed to have water and milk. Juice is a treat on the weekend for movie night. They are allowed to have soda when they go to a party (not the 3 year old though) But under no circumstances do I let them have any with caffiene in them. And yes I agree they will not be having these until they are at least 13 or 14 years of age. Nothing worse than seeing a young toddler sucking on a coke bottle.

If you bring a child up on sweet stuff they will choose that over something healthy. My children are used to water so quench their thirst with that. And appreciate the juice as a treat. And if I have children come over and ask for cordial I tell them No they can have water. If they are thirsty enough they will drink it.

Aleks - posted on 08/05/2012

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Also... I grew up drinking weak tea as a child (almost daily) since I can remember (so at least since I was 4-5yrs old). I am not sure if it has done any damage, but I am interested to know how that is damaging to kids, so if any of you have any good links I would be happy to read :-)

thanks :-)

Aleks - posted on 08/05/2012

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My almost 7 and 3 1/2 yr olds mostly drink watered down juice (typically no added sugar and frequently it is fruit and vegetable juice) and water, herbal and fruity teas. They have milk plain for my son, 7, (who decided that he doesn't like chock milk anymore) sometimes for breakfast and chock milk for my daughter, 3 1/2, at breakfast sometimes. My son will occasionally have a hot chocolate when we go out for coffees. Straight juice if we go out to dinner at a restaurant.
The reason they get watered down juice is because they were not taking in enough liquids when offered just plain water!!! They now ask for plain water if they feel like it, or some juice (watered down) or a tea.

My 3 1/2yr old was given a tiny sip of soft drink (from her dad... grrrrrr) and was very unimpressed with it and hasn't had one tiny sip since. My almost 7yo son has had the occasional soft drink! He had tiny sips occasionally mostly from his dad (shakes her head) when he was about 4 or 5. Now days he gets to have a little when dad and son have their time when they go to the footy at the MCG (shakes her head again). So its very much a treat, though I wish it wasn't like this! However, he (the dad) quickly learned that its not such a good idea to feed a 5/6 yo kid soft drink if he wants to (a) watch the game without rushing frequently to the toilet with the youngster (b) watch the footy without having to listen to the incessant talk from the youngster (c) have a hyper kids bouncing around the seats (d) have a super grumpy kid on the way home who is suffering sugar-high come-down effects...lol So now, its a few sips of dads drink! He (my SO) is also the only one that drinks soft-drink on a more frequent basis than anyone in the family!!! Among other typically bad for your health habits I cannot seem to get him to change!!!! (he needs to be told from a close male these things for his ears to properly register that information...hmphh! eyeroll)

FYI everybody, a lot of soft drinks have caffeine in them - its not just coke and pepsi! Your trusted lemonade will have caffeine in it too! Among others!
As for juice being as bad as coke/pepsi or other soft drink - BULL! Yes, they may have the same amount of sugar, HOWEVER, they have some vitamins in them as opposed to soft drink which has none. Not to mention all those chemicals that make the soft-drink! The most natural thing in a soft-drink is probably the sugar, lol. So, NO, drinking juice is not like drinking a soft-drink at all. You actually do get some nutrients (apart from the sugar and calories, lol) in the juice!

However, when we go to Nana's place (ie, my MIL) she too will treat him to soft drink-lemonade, etc. Much to my dismay! As she has all the "diet" and "no sugar" types! I would rather all the sugar than all those carcinogens found in the diet ones! However, given that its only on occasion I turn a blind eye. He only gets a few mouthfuls anyway (she wouldn't give him too much, she not the type to feed too much junk to kids anyway).

Last yr at my son's 6th birthday I took him and his friends bowling for the party. And one of the things provide when booking a party among snacks is also drinks. Usually it is soft drink, but juice and water was available instead if requested. Which I did! However, those mindless teenagers employed there came out with jugs of coke and lemonade!!! I told them to get me water and some juice. Which they did but took their time (hmmmmph). Anyway, apart from a couple of kids (our of like 14 or so) none wanted to drink the soft drinks!!! Most, after tasting them decided they wanted to have WATER! :-D

MeMe - posted on 08/05/2012

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Yes, caffeine can help with ADHD symptoms BUT it only helps for about 30 mins.... So it is definitely NOT a long term solution. It gives temp help, so is good for when they need to write a test or something like that but that is about it.



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Caffeine is simply NOT good for growing brains and bodies. I would not be letting my kids drink a cup or more of it each day. When they are 16 or older, whatever. They would just go and buy it anyhow, so sure.



I do allow my daughter to buy a medium iced cappuccino, about once every 3 weeks (she has to buy it, though. I will not). Everyday though? Nope.

Brittney - posted on 08/05/2012

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Too young, we don't drink soda at all. My grandma was asking me if she could give Ruby some diet pepsi at 4 weeks old...I said NO! I say maybe 10 years.

Merry - posted on 08/05/2012

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My son is 3 and he's had sips here and there. Like maybe 10 times total in his life lol. Never his own cup.
I'm trying to get my whole family away from soda in its entirety so I do hope that he never drinks a full cup!
My hope is, never. It's not good for his body and I hope to teach him to refuse soda and other unhealthy drinks.
But when he's about 14-16-18 years old it's really up to him.
(same for my daughter and any future children I may have)

But yeah diet coke is a huge no no in my book. I wouldn't drink it, I wouldn't want my husband drinking it, I'd never want my children drinking it. It's a nasty concoction.

Elfrieda - posted on 08/04/2012

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We rarely have it in the house, but when we're out and I drink some, I usually give my 2 y.o. a few sips or pour a little into half a cup of water so it's diluted but he still has the thrill of the unusual drink. He's had Coke and Orange pop and root beer and sprite. Diet coke I would be more wary of. I mean, sugar and caffeine is not great, true... but aspartame and all the rest of it? Really, really bad. But again, just a few times a year isn't going to really harm him, in my opinion.

I'm not going to throw my son a can of Coke anytime soon, but I would assume that someone will give him a cup of it at a family gathering or similar, and if it's not until he's 4 or so I'm not going to run over and snatch it away from him. If it happened now, I would probably go over and take most of it away, leaving him with a finger or two at the bottom of the glass.

**Jackie** - posted on 08/03/2012

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I think I can actually remember my first glass of soda. I believe I was 10. I was THRILLED that I had entered the "double digits" and was writing "10" on everything lol I was such a weirdo. I remember not being a huge fan of the soda. My mom rreeeeeallllyy didn't want us to have it but we were begging so she made sure it was like room temperature and flat lol ohhh mom

**Jackie** - posted on 08/03/2012

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When I was pregnant I was having extreme headaches because of the caffeine withdrawal and my doctor told me that if I HAD to have a soda, he would rather me have a regular one than a diet one. He would rather me have the sugar than all of those chemicals. I haven't had a soda since I was about 4 months pregnant :) My husband drinks Mountain Dew (yuck) but, like I said, my daughter loooooves water. I'm not messing with that. As far as milk goes, her pediatrician said it was okay that she absolutely hated it because she eats about 2 greek yogurts a day and thats just as good, if not better because there's fruit in it.

Cheri - posted on 08/03/2012

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There is no reason a child should ever have soda. What's the point? There is nothing good for the body in it. It rots your teeth and insides. I don't even consider it a "treat" because its so bad. Any sodas in our house go in the outside fridge where the kids don't see it, therefore don't ask for it. When they are older and make the choice to have some, then how can we stop it, but if they don't have it as kids, they may make the choice later to choose a different drink or just limit their consumption to occasionally.

Jenn - posted on 08/03/2012

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Diet soda is terrible! Just as bad, if not worse, than regular soda. I didn't let my girls have juice until age 1, and only in a cup and rarely. Juice isn't good for teeth or tummies. My mother in law gave soda first when my oldest was 2. I was livid! Now at 5 and 8, soda is a major treat and it is always divided between the two of them. They crave water most and I am perfectly happy with that!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/03/2012

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Hmmm. Thanks for the info. I have a friend with a younger son that has ADHD, so I'll have her check into that with her doctor!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/03/2012

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Off topic, but Sherri, I'd heard about the caffeine/ADHD relationship, and wondered how that worked out.

Do you know if it's recommended for younger kids (say 8-10 age)?

Jennifer - posted on 08/02/2012

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we've banned sosa from DS's diet because we figure he'll get enough of that when he's older. He drinks water, milk and sometimes juice. He doesn't even like soda now, when he got a sip of dad's drink when he was 3 (he grabbed the cup before I could stop him) the carbonation hit his tongue and he hated it. Now when he asks what I'm drinking when I have soda I tell him it's bubble water and he makes a face and says yuk.

Amanda - posted on 08/02/2012

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My kids are 4 and nearly 3. On the odd occassion we go out for dinner I will allow them a small lemonade to share. The last time was Saturday night, I think the time before that was my birthday back in May so they know it is only an occassional treat.

Other than that the only thing they ever drink or ask for is milk or water.

**Jackie** - posted on 08/02/2012

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Vicki, sodastream? Is that the actual name of it? That's a pretty cool idea! I've never even heard of that! Then againnnnn I have no life lol. Thanks for the tip! That sounds like the best of both worlds!

MeMe - posted on 08/02/2012

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I won't even let the Daycare give my son apple juice. They have been told he is to get ONLY water and milk. I just don't see a reason or any purpose at all, in giving a young child something that is totally BAD for them. They will have plenty of shit foods when they get older and go to their friends houses. We just do not condone it in ours. Not at a really young age, anyhow. Although, we don't drink it ourselves, so we have absolutely no desire, to give it to our growing child's body.



I do allow my daughter to have a pop, here and there. She is not all the interested, though. Perhaps because we don't promote it.

**Jackie** - posted on 08/02/2012

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Jessica, just out of curiosity, does your daughter drink anything else? I am worried that if I do give her a glass of soda for a special occasion she'll look at her water the next day and be like "gimme that good stuff again!" ya know?

**Jackie** - posted on 08/02/2012

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I have a 2 year old and I just wouldn't get into the whole soda thing. I wouldn't say there's anything horrifying in it but there's just no nutritional value. My daughter loooooves water so I have absolutely no desire to give her something that would taste better and have her sway away from water. She loves vitamin water! What a weird kid lol

Anyway, I have been to many toddler birthday parties (2 and 3) and have seen kids with sippy cups full of soda. At first I thought it was grape juice...but then I got a closer look and saw it wasn't. To each their own, I just don't think mine needs it.

Corinne - posted on 07/30/2012

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My little girl had pink lemonade at her 6th birthday party in June, we still have some left hiding somewhere. We very rarely buy soda (like once a year), so it's not really an issue. My M.I.L gave my daughter a whole beaker of Fanta when she was 2yrs old, I went apesh!t on her a$$.

Stifler's - posted on 07/29/2012

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My son has some of ours occasionally. I drink pepsi so he gets damians lemonade if he gets a taste of softdrink. Mostly water and milk and sometimes juice if I buy it. I think he probably got his first taste pretty early. my 14 month old tried to sip my coke at mc donalds yesterday!! i let her have one sip and that was it. Logan is allowed about 20mL in a cup when we are having a rum, there is no way I'd fill up a sippy cup with soft drink for renae or logan. they still get half water half juice.

Kristin - posted on 07/25/2012

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My on is 2 and he drinks soda. I don't give him cans of soda to drink himself, nor do I fill up a cup for him to drink all by himself. But if im drinking soda, he will come and take a few sips. Same with my husband. I don't see anything wrong with that.

Lacye - posted on 07/25/2012

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My 3 year old does drink sodas but that is because her dumbass father gave it to her after I told him not to. He started this about a year ago. Now my family tried to give her sodas and tea before she even turned a year old and they were told real quick that if they gave it to her they would not be allowed to see her for a very long time. Was that a little extreme, yes but that is my child not theirs. I make the rules for my daughter.

Now my step daughter's BM has been giving her tea and soda since the child was just a few weeks old. No I am not kidding. She would dip her paci in root beer and give it to her. She would take her bottles and fill them up with tea. She did this one day when we were all at a restaurant (SD was only or 7 weeks old at the time) and she filled up her bottle with sweet iced tea. You should have seen the dirty looks that were thrown our way. I was pissed my self and told her that that was not healthy for the baby and of course I was told that I didn't know anything. By the time we got home the child was screaming in her carseat because her stomach was hurting.

Firebird - posted on 07/25/2012

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My daughter had her first drink of pop when she was almost 4 years old. We were at the fall fair and the concession stand ran out of bottled water! =( There was nothing else, so I had to cave after 2.5 years of telling my ex's family to piss off when the tried to give her pop. Fortunately we were with my parents when this happened, so the ex in laws never even knew that she had pop.

But she didn't have anymore pop until she was 5 1/2 and that was a tiny cup at her cousin's b-day party. My daughter really doesn't like pop, she refuses to ever drink any of the dark stuff. At 7 1/2 now, she still only drinks pop once or twice a year.

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my son, who is about to be 3, generally drinks milk, juice or water but once in a while i know my mom slips his sips of her diet coke and on special occasions like birthday parties or holiday barbecue i will let him have a bit of sprite, ginger ale or fruitopia pop

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 07/24/2012

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LOL @ MeMe and Johnny...

I'd forgotten Shirley Temples! LOL...didn't when my kids were little, though, I thought it would be really neat for them...LOL...they hated them!

Krista - posted on 07/24/2012

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My son hasn't had pop yet, and I have no intention of introducing it to him. I think the only way I'd deliberately give a little kid pop would be if he was nauseated, and I gave him some flat, clear pop or something.

He has watered-down juice with his Saturday morning breakfast as a treat, or if he's been sick and is low on appetite.

Other than that it's milk or water.

I'll try to put off pop until school age, and even then, it'll only be a rare treat.

Toni - posted on 07/24/2012

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My son is nearly 4 and he has only ever had a few sips of watered down coke when we went to McDonalds( I think since my son was born we have gone 4 times) and he really doesn't deem too keen on it. He hasn't had any other type of soft drink.
Its not that I make a huge effort to not give him any, its just that none of the family drinks much softdrink, so we hardly ever have it in the house.

MeMe - posted on 07/24/2012

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I LOVE the Spaghetti Factory!! I forgot all about it! Thanks, Johnny... sigh.... LOL

Oh and my Mom, used to always let me get a Shirley Temple when I was little and we went out. I loved it - it is something I actually have a fond memory of. I am a mean hag and do not buy them for my kids. Maybe I should ease up a little and give them that fun experience (once my son is a wee older), since we only go out maybe once a year! LOL

Johnny - posted on 07/24/2012

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My daughter who is almost 4 has probably tasted it once or twice. She wasn't impressed. We give milk or water, juice for parties or special occasions. Luckily, we haven't attended a birthday party or anything, even for older kids, where pop has been served as an option. So it's not been a challenge. The one "junk" drink I have let her have is when we've gone to the Spaghetti Factory we both get Shirley Temples, and they have grenadine in them. We don't buy pop in our house or hardly ever when we go out. None of her friends families do either. I imagine though, when she's old enough to buy stuff for herself, it won't be easy to control. My teacher did the teeth in pop experiment when I was in grade 5 and that didn't stop me from drinking a diet soda every day after school with my allowance money. Advertising is a powerful tool.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 07/24/2012

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Not to mention the fact that the additives in the "diet" sodas have been proven to cause MS-like symptoms, as well as some cancers...the term "diet" in relation to foods is not allowed in my house. If you want "diet" soda, you won't find it here...LOL...

However, you will find healthy choices to help you adjust your food intake

Rosie - posted on 07/24/2012

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man, i used to get my kids a pop almost every day from the time they were like 2ish. i think since i drank 64 + oz of mt dew a day and i was "fine" that they'd be fine too. sigh. about two years ago, i switched my way of thinking about nutrition, and realized moderation doesn't mean once a day.
my children now get pop at birthday parties, and SOMETIMES if we go out to a restaurant, but mostly they'll have water. i also let them have a cup if we get pizza. soooo, maybe once a month now?

Lady Heather - posted on 07/24/2012

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School age minimum and it would only be for birthdays. And it would probably be a clear one. And not diet. That's how I was raised and I didn't even like pop. My daughter has had sips of sparkling raspberry juice and she said it was gross and spicy. Haha. So I'm not anticipating a problem.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 07/24/2012

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Non caffeinated drinks were ok from 4 on, but no caffeine. Actually, I only just let my kids start caffeine around 14/15, depending on circumstances.

I watched the difference physically happen. My inlaws allowed caffeine from birth, basically, and their son (same age as my oldest) was an uncontrollable brat most of the time. He went on a camping trip with us when he and my son were 5, and I told him: "No caffeine. You may have water, juice, milk, root beer, or lemon lime soda, but no pepsi or dr pepper". After about 12 hours of caffeine withdrawal, we had a wonderfully behaved, attentive, and active young man on our hands, who was a joy to spend time with. When his mother came to retrieve him, she handed him a bottle of coke. Within 10 minutes, he was (again) an uncontrollable brat. When I asked him why his behaviour had changed, he said "I don't know, aunt Shawnn...It seems like I feel meaner when I drink coke"...That was plenty of experience for me...LOL...

Mary - posted on 07/24/2012

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My daughter will be 4 in November, and has yet to even taste it. All she ever has to drink at home is milk or water. She was probably about 2 1/2 before she'd ever had juice - she is such a fruit fiend that I just never saw the need to introduce it, and even now, she only has juice as a special treat, outside of the home. I plan to treat soda in pretty much the same way.

It would be silly of me to think that she won't eventually be introduced to it at social events as she gets older, and I have no plans on flatly prohibiting it. I just don't plan to make it available in our home. I don't drink on a regular basis - even when we are out, I prefer iced tea or water. I really only drink it if it's the only thing available. The only other exception to this is if I'm feeling nauseous or have a stomach bug, in which case regular Coke is the one thing that helps alleviate that.

It's how my own parents handled it when I was growing up. Soda was considered a special treat, and not something that was made available to us on a daily basis. We could have it with the odd meal out, or at special celebrations or events, but at home, it was pretty much only water, milk, juice or tea. We didn't ask for it, since it just wasn't there. Thus far, this has worked well for my daughter - she doesn't ask for anything other than water or milk, since she knows that these are her only options. Occasionally, I do give her some of my watered-down iced green tea if she asks - but I doubt she does that more than once a week or so.

Jenni - posted on 07/24/2012

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We very rarely even have pop in the house. I don't drink it at all. I've never cared for it. My husband drinks it occasionally and sometimes brings cans to work but he's not a big pop drinker either.



My son has tried a sip or two when we've had take out and my husband had a cup, he doesn't like it. Morgan's never had it.



I'm really not opposed to it as a special treat around the age of 5 or so? A light pop, like cream soda or orange. I mean, we give our children chocolate once in awhile and that has caffeine and loads of sugar. I'm not sure how much more or less. But yeah, I really don't see a problem with it in moderation, as in, for a special occasion. It just isn't much of an issue in our home yet.



I don't think it's all that healthy at any age but in small amounts shouldn't be harmful. I'd prefer my children opted for water over other drinks for the rest of their lives! But if they want to have pop once in awhile as preteens/teens, it won't be banned from my house or anything.

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