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post #21 of 185
I do occasionally allow soda as a treat, but never to be served with any meal or to be kept in the house on a regular basis. When I do allow soda, it's only caffeine free stuff like root beer or 7up. I don't allow Pepsi, Coke, Diet Coke, ext.
post #22 of 185
we do keep it in the house, but DD cannot have any - she thinks it is for grownups, like wine or beer. I drink diet and DH drinks regular. Neither of us drink a lot, I drink 1 can a day (ok well, it has been two lately, but I am not pregnant or nursing, so I am living it up woohoo!!) and DH drinks a can a few times a week. I don't drink coffee so it is my only source of caffiene, and I need my caffiene right now (really, really dreading having to cut it out when pregnant). Growing up my family went through 6 2 liter bottles of coke/pepsi a week. 12 liters of soda, maybe a 1/2 gallon of milk and Hi-C fruit punch for breakfast. I can honestly never remember not having soda, so I am sure I got it very young. I didn't drink water as a beverage until college and not as my main beverage until getting pregnant with DD 4 years ago. Obviously I don't want that for DD and we are far from that in our house. I feel like I have come a long way and I would love to get rid of it completely....perhaps when all my kids sleep through the night! I will have to try the fruit juice/seltzer thing, I never would have thought of that.
post #23 of 185
Nope. I rarely drink soda, maybe once a month. When we are out I usually get water.
post #24 of 185
DD has had sips of root beer and on several occasions cups of ginger ale or sprite when she was having stomach issues. She can sometimes be chronically constipated and her miralax mixes in well with those two drinks. we have never ordered her a soft drink at a restaurant thought.
post #25 of 185
No sodas for kids in our house. It is considered an "adult drink" like beer or wine, none of which is consumed very often in our house.
post #26 of 185
Ok I have read all the post I feel like a such a bad mom. My kids 3 and 7 get soda when we go out eat and we keep it in the house and allow only 1/2 can a day. Both of my kids also take sips of our coffee as well. I am a huge pepsi and coffee drinker so they are used to seeing me with soda and coffee. so I think i have gone wrong. However my kids are not overweight and are very activie and now I am going to work on reducing the amount they get.
post #27 of 185
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No sodas for kids in our house. It is considered an "adult drink" like beer or wine, none of which is consumed very often in our house.
Same here. I can't ever see a time where I'll allow my child to have soda.
post #28 of 185
No one in our family drinks soda. I wouldn't feel right though about drinking it myself while telling my kids they could not, though.
post #29 of 185
DD has sips of mine but only because I get tired of the whinning and it's easier to just let her have a sip. It's not going to kill her, after all.
post #30 of 185
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Originally Posted by MayBaby2007 View Post
DD has sips of mine but only because I get tired of the whinning and it's easier to just let her have a sip. It's not going to kill her, after all.
LMAO! This is true....
post #31 of 185
No way, no how.
post #32 of 185
My DS doesn't like any carbonated drinks, so it hasn't been an issue for us. We don't keep soda in the house, but if DS liked it I wouldn't mind him having a few sips at a restaurant, or having a little at a birthday party or something. It definitely wouldn't be a regular thing, just like it's not a regular thing for me to have a soda.
post #33 of 185
No, we don't keep it in the house and our 4 y/o has never had any fizzy drink, and that's one of the reasons I gave up diet Pepsi--I didn't want him asking to taste it. I will get lemonade for him, though, and have since he was about 3, and I don't think that's so much healthier now that i think about it!

An yes, pp's, what's up w/ restaurants??? Wait staff will ask me all the time what DS1 wants to drink, even w/ his water right in front of him. It's one of the reasons I never order a kid's meal. I've also had waitstaff tell me that Sprite is ok! : Ooh, speaking of irked, last family vacation, my 2.5 y/o was the youngest grandchild there, ages 2.5-5 and EVERY CHILD (except mine) got soda w/ every meal! I was so irked. And the parents made a big deal out of it too, like it was a big treat my toddler was missing out on. :

I'm not anti-sugar, far from it , but I don't believe in giving kids caffeine or drinking that many calories in sugar form.
post #34 of 185
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we do keep it in the house, but DD cannot have any - she thinks it is for grownups, like wine or beer.
In my home. my kids consider soda more off limits then beer or wine. They are allowed to to dip a finger in mine or DH's glass of wine (or beer) but if anyone ever offered them a soda they would crack up thinking someone was teasing them b/c soda is for grown ups (We don't drink it front of the kids but out and about they see soda)
post #35 of 185
My kids can have whatever they want. The baby is only 1, so of course he isnt drinking pop, but he has had a sip or two of mine (which is even "worse" than "Coke" as its diet....i do not like regular pop at all, too sugary)...but my older son who is 12 can drink whatever he want. And has been able to for many many years. He likes water alot.


Katherine
post #36 of 185
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Originally Posted by LeighB View Post
Same here. I can't ever see a time where I'll allow my child to have soda.

Ever, ever? Like....never? Not when they are twelve, or fifteen?

Why?


Katherine
post #37 of 185
We are not soda drinkers, but my 4.5 year old has recently discovered it via family parties and such. We don't do the whole forbidden fruit thing so if it is offered he can have a glass but we talk about it being a treat not a food.

If we pick out a six pack he will go into the store and buy a local, handcrafted rootbeer. Yes, it has sugar, but it doesn't have anything else nasty in it.
post #38 of 185
At restaurants my DS (5yo) gets milk. If we go to A&W then he can have a small cup of root beer, but that is the only time or place and he rarely finishes it. He doesn't really ask for soda, he is just used to milk or water and he knows how I feel about HFCS and sugar and artificial dye. If we ever buy soda (very rare these days) it is the natural ginger ale at the coop that uses cane sugar, real ginger, and no dye.
post #39 of 185
No. My 7 yo has had a few sips but we don't buy it. My 9yo, 6yo and 3yo don't even like it. The only time my kids (I should say 7 yo) has it is at his grandparents (ILs) house and that is gingerale.
I prefer to keep drinks that can strip away battery acid out of my kids stomachs.
post #40 of 185
no soda for us, it is an adult drink. we explain that it isn't good for adults, but sometimes mommy likes to have a coke, but usually i drink water. They know ice water ismy favorite drink.

They have each accidentally had sips of soda. once a friends sprite, and once root beer out of Daddy's root beer float. they both spitit out. My 6 year old has seen that other kids get to drink soda and has sort of asked a bit about it. I have offered to let her take a sip of my soda so she can see. she always refuses remembering the yucky taste of sprite.
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