How do you feel about your children having soda pop?


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I'm the same, Lisa. Ever since I found out that diet soda is made with GM e-coli I dropped it like a hot potato. My boys (3 & 5) have never had soda and my eldest has only had juice a couple of times. Our treat drink is a fresh fruit smoothie.

Joyi - posted on 11/21/2011




Gosh, reading these responses makes me feel lazy as a parent. I admit that I am not the best at keeping our family eating correctly... honestly; money, time, and stress just make it difficult. The deal I made with my six-year-old daughter is that she can only have half of a can of soda on school nights... whether from home or if we go out. If it is not a school night, then she can have a full can. She also can only have the soda up to 6pm and not after.

I already KNOW that is a lot of sugar for anybody and especially a child, but the sodas got out of hand on me quickly... she was drinking several a day and drinking them casually. In the beginning she wanted her allotment of soda for the day... every day, but now it has been about three months and most days she doesn't even bring it up. So now she is averaging probably two sodas a week.

The good news is that when she isn't drinking soda, she drinks water...and at school she can only drink water or milk at lunch. So, all in all, I guess it isn't horrible, but it would have been much better if I had not gotten her on the soda kick to begin with.

If possible, avoid soda for as long as you can... or (which I often do) offer it as a choice for dessert... you can have a scoop of ice-cream or half a soda. I try to show them in a round about way what their soda equals when compared to another dessert. Most of the time my kids will NOT choose the soda. I also make it a point to offset the bad soda habit by offering nutritional after-school snacks. Instead of a bag of chips, they get apples and peanut butter or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, mac & cheese, etc... my goal is to not add to their intake of empty calories. I have also started making them eat a small salad right before I serve dinner - just to give them some extra vegetables. At first they resisted, but now they just eat it without complaint... and since starting the salads, I have noticed they are less apt to scarf all the carbs off their dinner plate... they eat their dinner more evenly and less hectic. I hope that makes sense. I do make them take a couple of "real bites" of each thing on their plate, but I do not require them to clean their plates... if they are full, they are full. I also make them wait about 30 minutes before I serve dessert... their food settles and their brain has a chance to signal that they are full... and they tend to not eat a full serving of dessert.

Maybe I have the soda to thank... had I not screwed up with the soda in the first place, then I probably would not have started all the good habits that I have since implemented to offset the soda. I just try to keep in mind that every time my kids drink a soda, I might as well just tell them to open their mouths and let me just pour sugar down their throats... plus, soda makes them hyper as hell... another incentive for me to try and break them of the habit or at the very least keep it in check.

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I'm not a fan of them having it. My 3.5 year old doesn't like it. He calls it 'spicy' (must be the bubbles). lol

My girls do drink it on occasion, but they're almost 10. With ME the only time they get it is at McDonald's or similar. I'd guess we eat there once or twice a month and most of the times... we don't get soda. If we do, the three of us split one.

They do drink it w/ their dad, friends, and school parties, but I'd have to average it at once a month.


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Erin - posted on 11/22/2011




I didn't like the carbonation until I got into college. Then the carbonation I got from Mountain Dew was preferable to the taste of coffee (until my senior year). However, it is still a special treat for me. I usually get iced tea or lemonade when out to eat, even liking carbonation now. My boys (4 and 2 yo) have had sips, but they, like me as a child, don't like the bubbles. I don't keep soda in the house either. My husband is in the military and needs to watch his weight and he puts is on very quickly if he doesn't watch his carb intake. I have a medical condition that make me insulin resistant (basically pre-diabetes) and I don't like the taste of artifical sweeteners. Soda is a treat and a rare one at that.

Ashley - posted on 11/22/2011




My son only likes it occasionally, if we go out to eat we usually order choicolate milk, but every once in a while he will ask for a rootbeer and he is 4 so I try to let him decide especially since he is usually a milk drinker. As for my baby (16 m) he hasn't had any but a sip or 2 he stole from my mom and me. He wont get his first real drink for quite awhile. Even I don't drink pop often.

Elfrieda - posted on 11/22/2011




We don't have it in the house. My husband and I are trying to learn to dislike it. ;)

I think my toddler's probably had it a few times here and there over his two years, mostly when he's sitting on a grandparent's lap! (gotta love those spoiling grandpas)

I'm not overly pleased, but I don't say "that's enough" until he's had several sips out of the straw. He's also tasted coffee (thanks to my husband) and beer (also my husband). Again, not overjoyed, but one taste isn't going to hurt him and I'm too lazy to get upset over every little thing.

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My daughter hasn't had any yet. But she's 2. I joke that she can't have it until she beats her dad at Halo.

She shows interest, but she hasn't even had juice yet. At least juice has some nutrition to it. I'm trying to slowly introduce sugary drinks. We decided that she could start having watered down juice here on her second birthday.

I know that she'll get some eventually, I just want to control what type it will be when that does happen. I know that all of her cousins that are older than her have soda and have for a while (some are only a year older). With that happening I'm sure that she'll ask for it soon.

My husband and I are really bad with soda. My husband is addicted. More to the caffine than the soda itself. He's gotten himself to drink it only when we are out. Lately that hasn't been as good since he's been working such long hours the sugar and caffine keeps him going. My pregnancies have forced me to reduce. I would get to dehydrated otherwise. I try really hard to show it as a treat or something special.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 11/22/2011




Just like with anything else, there is nothing wrong, as long as you don't use diet sodas (too many chemicals and carcinogens), and you don't allow over indulgence. When my boys were younger, they'd be allowed the child size at McD's or somewhere. At a restaurant, we chose milk or juice. However, as they got older, they were allowed 1 non caffiene soda a day. Since I, myself am basically a soda addict, I couldn't justify not letting them have any at all.

Apparently, I didn't ruin them either, because to this day (they're now 17 & 14), they'll choose juice, cider, milk, or water more than they'll choose soda.

Barb - posted on 11/22/2011




I am not a fan of it, especially diet sodas, they are, quite literally, poison.

Krista - posted on 11/22/2011




I'm not a fan of soda. It has absolutely no redeeming qualities. Juice has lots of sugar, but at least there are SOME vitamins in there, if you're talking about 100% fruit juices (and not those awful fruit "drinks").

If my 2-year old has it at a party or something, I'm not going to knock it out of his hands and yell, "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!" But it's not something we offer him in the house, and it's not something that I order for him when we go out to eat. He drinks mostly milk and water, with the odd cup of juice as a treat.

We don't drink much of it ourselves, anyway. We keep it in the house around the holidays, to offer to guests, or as mix. The rest of the year, it's pretty scarce. (Although I DO love a bottle of pineapple-flavoured Crush every so often as a treat! Yum!)

Ez - posted on 11/22/2011




My daughter is almost 3 and has never had it. She doesn't even like juice, so I doubt she would like it anyway. It's milk or water for her, and her treat is a milkshake or flavoured milk.

Firebird - posted on 11/21/2011




My daughter didn't have her first sip of pop until she was nearly 5, and in the 2 years since then, she's only had pop a couple times a year. She's not a fan of the bubbles, and I think that's because I didn't let her get used to it when she was younger. And let me tell you, with my ex's family breathing down my neck it was bloody hard to keep junk like that limited when she was small. Well, not hard..... because I don't like them, but annoying because keeping my daughter eating healthy required constant vigilance. But I won! Mwah ha haa!

Johnny - posted on 11/21/2011




Mine had it once, she's 3. Generally I avoid situations where it's a big option. In her world, the only choices are water and milk. Juice is the treat.

Shannintipton - posted on 11/21/2011




Teresa Mine think of it as spicy water too. It is always at birthday parties and they serve seven-up. We think it is water and they dont like it. I know know to look before I poor. The little bubbles give it away. LOL

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My kids will have it once every few weeks. I don't mind, I like it occasionally too. My kids prefer to drink water most of the time anyway so the occasional fizzy drink isn't a problem. They are 5 and 8.

Sharon - posted on 11/21/2011




He's never tried it, and won't for a few more years. He has just turned 2 though so he hasn't really tried anything 'naughty' yet except for birthday cake.
His treat is juice, he LOVES it, and gets that on special occassions.

Stifler's - posted on 11/21/2011




Logan loves it. I hate that he likes it but we let him have about 30mL in a cup.

Tamara - posted on 11/21/2011




When ever they want because they don't want it very often,usually only when we go out to eat. which is maybe once a month even then they usually get the fruit punch or lemonaid if they have it. They say its to sweet.

Amanda - posted on 11/21/2011




I don't give it to my kids, not even a sip, they are only 2 and 3 and it's not something I feel they need to be drinking. Saying that I don't let them drink juice either, except at a party.

Christy - posted on 11/21/2011




I let my kids have it SOMETIMES, like at most once a week. And usually diet. Not a whole can, maybe 1/3 or less.

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