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post #161 of 185
My son is 5 and has had a sip of soda once from grandpa- he hated it! He hates the carbonation so now he asks "if it has carbonation" before he drinks anything new.

Dd is 2 and i'd be very po'd if i found out she had soda. I don't drink it ( maybe like one a month if that) but dh does.
Growing up my mom limited us to a diet/caffeine free soda with pizza, that was all.

We really try and limit HFCS here, and we aren't perfect eaters by any means, but i just really think soda is completely unnecessary- At least junk food gives some substance- its fulfilling a need, but soda is not doing anything imo, and i don't want my kids to drink it for as long as possible.
post #162 of 185
No.
post #163 of 185
Ds can have Sprite or root beer at restaurants, we don't eat out that often. And recently I've allowed him 2 cans of soda a week - Hansen's root beer with sugar, not hfcs. Dh likes to drink it so we have it around.

Dd is not allowed to have soda, yet.
post #164 of 185
I'm a diet coke, recovering addict here. My DH is still addicted to coca-cola, but he's a work in progress.

Our son? Never had any of it, and I won't. We're weaning ourselves now so that it won't become an issue in the next couple of years. I think it's about balance personally, and until DH and I are able to balance it better, we need to find ways to keep it out of the house so DS doesn't think our habits are normal.
post #165 of 185
special circumstances.

yes.

my next door neighbour would always share about an ounce of her watered down pepsi with my 18 month old. i tried saying no, but she would not get it. ultimately i gave up the fight. it became a sweet thing between dd and her. sneaking behind my back - even though she knew i would know.

did it from 18 months to 2 years. then gma had to move to an alzheimers facility.

never regretted my decision.

dd still loves anything sweet. seh loves soda and she can take a sip from mine. explained to her why no big coke cans. then left teh choice to her. from around 4 years of age. non caffeinated soda. she would take 3 or 4 sips and then forget the drink. the novelty wore off.
post #166 of 185
very, very, very rarely.
post #167 of 185
Nope, not even at restaurants or parties.
post #168 of 185
I know this topic is done to death but ... lol

I live in Australia. Coke has been banned from our local highschools recently - and from our primary schools for about 5 yrs now.

I can't believe they offer it as rewards at some primary schools - yikes. You'd be burnt at the stake for that here.

I wonder if that has influenced social perceptions of it? I'd never give it to my children.
post #169 of 185
Yes. We are all soda drinkers that is where I get 99.9% of my fluid intake and the kids come through and drink from my glass/container all the time. I cant imagine eating a meal with out it actually.
post #170 of 185
My kids occasionally have soda. Very occasionally, when we go out to eat which is once in a blue moon or if we're entertaining which is also once in a blue moon. I drink soda. I'm totally addicted to Dr Pepper. I know it's bad for me and I know I need to stop. I'm working on weaning myself off it. Mountain Dew actually has a new version that doesn't contain HFCS.
post #171 of 185
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Originally Posted by mjg013 View Post
My kids occasionally have soda. Very occasionally, when we go out to eat which is once in a blue moon or if we're entertaining which is also once in a blue moon. I drink soda. I'm totally addicted to Dr Pepper. I know it's bad for me and I know I need to stop. I'm working on weaning myself off it. Mountain Dew actually has a new version that doesn't contain HFCS.
So does the "special" Pepsi that's coming out "Pepsi Throwback." I can't wait for full sugar Pepsi. Yum
post #172 of 185
I haven't read the whole thread.

When ds1 was little, my ex always had pop in the house, but I didn't let ds1 have more than an occasional sip (if someone was already drinking it) until he was about 5.

With dd and ds2, it's been earlier. DS1 sometimes has pop around, although not often. We very occasionally (maybe 3 times/year) buy a bottle with dinner if we order pizza or something, so they each get a small glass (maybe 4oz?). We do juice boxes and water at birthday parties, but if there's pop at a party for one of their cousins, we'll let them each have a can (they never come close to finishing them). Other than that...they can have small pop when eat at a particular restaurant, because they both know pop comes with the children's meal. We eat there very rarely...maybe 3 times/year?

That's about it. We don't keep it in the house, and I almost never drink it. DH is hooked on the fake colas (Diet Pepsi Maxx and Coke Zero), but he never lets the kids have more than a very tiny sip if he's drinking one...partly because of the caffeine.
post #173 of 185
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Originally Posted by FondestBianca View Post
If you explain to kids WHY they can't and shouldn't have something on a scientific or truthful basis they are less probably much less likely to choose that item as their rebelion down the road. I knew WHY I couldn't and shouldn't drink alcohol and those are the same reasons I still don't have it today.
Yeah - but that's not the way the forbidden fruit thing frequently works. A lot of kids are just plain told not to eat/drink certain things, but are never given a good reason why. There's also the "do as I say, not as I do" factor. IME, the ones most likely to go all "forbidden fruit" when they're older are the ones who are simply told, with no reasons, not to have something, but whose parents do indulge.

There are always exceptions, of course...
post #174 of 185
Obviously not going to read through, so forgive me if the topic has changed....

I do not let my DD drink soda. She just turned 4 and she's never had a sip. She knows that beer, wine, coffee, and soda are things that adults drink but kids don't. The kids we know drink water, milk, and watered down 100% juice.
post #175 of 185
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Originally Posted by MCatLvrMom2A&X View Post
Yes. We are all soda drinkers that is where I get 99.9% of my fluid intake and the kids come through and drink from my glass/container all the time. I cant imagine eating a meal with out it actually.
I used to be the same way! I couldn't get through the last half of my second shift or my entire third shift (12 hour shifts) without multiple cans of soda. Now I only work one day a week so I've backed off. But, still have it with most lunches and dinners.
post #176 of 185
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I do not let my DD drink soda. She just turned 4 and she's never had a sip. She knows that beer, wine, coffee, and soda are things that adults drink but kids don't. The kids we know drink water, milk, and watered down 100% juice.
We are the opposite. We allow our kids sips of beer, wine, coffee, and soda if we are having it... small amounts for small people. But I have thought carefully, read the results of research studies, and decided that small amounts of "adult" beverages are not a concern. I do not indulge in anything food/drink-wide that my kids are not allowed.

We do restrict artificial color and flavors from our house, though, so Coke and Pepsi are OK but most root beers, orange sodas, etc. are not.
post #177 of 185
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Originally Posted by Alyantavid View Post
Yes my kids sometimes drink pop. We do movie nights and they're usually allowed one then. And when we eat out, they usually have one.
Movies...I haven't taken the kids to a movie, but dh has. DD has been to the theater twice, and ds2 has been once. I think he let them have pop, but I'm honestly not sure...
post #178 of 185
NO - he has sprite when we go out to eat and we drink root beer (it has natural preservatives which means less acid to rot the teeth) at home occasionally.
post #179 of 185
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Originally Posted by Greenmama2AJ View Post
I know this topic is done to death but ... lol

I live in Australia. Coke has been banned from our local highschools recently - and from our primary schools for about 5 yrs now.

I can't believe they offer it as rewards at some primary schools - yikes. You'd be burnt at the stake for that here.
Yeah - that kind of threw me, too...even though ds1 did have primary teachers who gave candy as rewards.

DS1's school removed their standard vending machines last year. They had them when he was in 8th grade, but not in 9th. (His school is 8-12.) They still have vending machines, but now they're a fair bit better...the beverage one is bottled water and "Milk 2 Go" (whatever), and the other one has carrot sticks (in plastic) and...I can't remember. It's not great, but it's a lot better than soda and candy bars.
post #180 of 185
Coca-Cola? All the time, but only to wash down the marshmallow peeps I give them for breakfast.
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