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post #41 of 185
NO, never have....

dd has had natural root beer or ginger ale at home and that's it...that is rarely...we don't drink it either, try to practice what we preach...

she doesn't know what coke and pepsi are really and has never asked for them
post #42 of 185
i let my kids have caffien free pop all the time when we are out. the only time they get actual coke or other caffienated beverages is Easter (midnight vigil). otherwise sprite etc.
post #43 of 185
My 4yo has a very occasional Sprite at a party or whatever. I'm ok with it. Soda here is made with sugar rather than HFCS.
post #44 of 185
We don't keep pop in the house.

When we go out to eat (this happens 3-6 times a YEAR), the kids are allowed to order pop. They're not allowed to order things with caffeine in them, but they are allowed Sprite/Sierra Mist/7-up kinds of things.

I'm very much in the 'everything in moderation' camp. I don't think a few sips of soda are going to destroy them, especially since most of the time their diet is very healthy. We drink water with dinner, and pop is a treat, just like any other dessert.

More than pop, my kids would probably sell their souls for Sparkling Cider, a.k.a. "kid wine" at our house. They LOVE the stuff. Again, we only buy it for grand days and state occasions -- Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter.
post #45 of 185
Mine eats what I eat.

But I never drink Coke because it is such a huge waste of money and terrible for my health. So it's not an issue.

When she goes to school, if it were found at a party or something, I would not forbid it but we certainly aren't going to pay for it for her at a restaurant or at home.

ETA- She has had sparkling water (Perrier) though, and she did taste wine, which she hated. She also has had bits of tea, mainly herbal, and coffee which she also hated (we take ours black). To me, Coke is a kids' drink, so funny that it's sometimes described as an adult drink...
post #46 of 185
No. No. NO!

DD is only 22 months but even around 3 or 4 the answer would still be no.

We don't do juice either.

I suppose I may start to consider non-caffeinated, non-HFCS, non-artificial flavor or sugars, dye-free soda somewhere close to 6? It would be for a treat only though.
post #47 of 185
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Originally Posted by BellaClaudia View Post

how many of you do care and how many of you just let the little one have fun because everyone else is drinking it what is the case in my "hood".

thanks.

Well, my children do not get pop, nor do I or my husband drink it. but this statement here, have you read it to see how you sound? It doesnt sound like you are simply asking a simple harmless question, sounds like an accusatory witch hunt... I would really use my edit button...........
post #48 of 185
My baby is only two months old, but I know I will NEVER give him soda until he is, I don't know, much much older. I'll also water down his juice A TON or just not provide it.
post #49 of 185
NOOOOOOO!!!

Read a little about what carbonated drinks do to your body and I'd hope there would be at least a second thought about giving it to your kids. Don't get me wrong, I had my fair share of soda growing up and I don't think any less of my parents for giving it to me but, knowing now what it does I would find myself very irresponsible allowing my kids to have it. I don't think there's any age it should become acceptable honestly. Someone downing a can a few times a year is one thing (whatever, we all give in to a vice every now and then. no biggie) but, I don't know many people who are sucessful at keeping intake to a bare minimum if they allow themselves to have it at all. I quit about 7 years ago and haven't had any soda since. I have reluctantly allowed myself to have some celebritory sparkling cider a few times... but then those few times have been spread over years not months or weeks.

There are a hand full of things dh and I are strict about in the way of food and drink and soda just happens to be one of those.

ETA: while I am concerned about high fructose corn syrup and excess sugar they aren't the worst offenders on the ingredient list in soda. I'm not just speaking about diet soda either. Staying away from diet isn't going to prevent you from downing junk that will screw up your body.
post #50 of 185
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Originally Posted by mammaof5andcountin View Post
Well, my children do not get pop, nor do I or my husband drink it. but this statement here, have you read it to see how you sound? It doesnt sound like you are simply asking a simple harmless question, sounds like an accusatory witch hunt... I would really use my edit button...........
I totally agree, I'm surprised no one had called her on it yet.....
post #51 of 185
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Originally Posted by mammaof5andcountin View Post
Well, my children do not get pop, nor do I or my husband drink it. but this statement here, have you read it to see how you sound? It doesnt sound like you are simply asking a simple harmless question, sounds like an accusatory witch hunt... I would really use my edit button...........
I thought she meant to ask how many people do care but still let their child drink soda sometimes (such as when a neighbor's house). I could have misunderstood though and I agree that editing the OP for clarity is a good idea!

As for us, DH and I aren't soda drinkers so it wasn't an issue at all for the first years and at home DS likes to drink water (he used to drink apple juice but prefers water now).

I think my DS discovered the wonders of soda around age 4.5. He does enjoy coca, fanta, sprite and ginger ale and he usually gets a soda when we eat out or go to the cinema. So far I haven't needed to call poison control.
post #52 of 185
On Shabbot, if it's on the table, and only 1 glass. So one cup, maybe 1x every 2 months.
post #53 of 185
Haven't read the replies.

Coca Cola? God no. As if the HFCS wasn't bad enough, it's full of caffeine. I do on occasion let them have a sprite or rootbeer, but it probably amounts to a few cans a year. My mom often has high quality, non HFCS root beer at her house, and will let the kids make a rootbeer float.

We never have soda in the house, and I very rarely drink it myself (although I do like to indulge in a nice cold coke a few times a year.)

I see parents giving their kids coke, diet coke, iced tea, all sorts of crap I would never consider. However, I keep in mind that I probably horrify other parents with some of my decisions, so I'm sure it all evens out in the end.
post #54 of 185
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Originally Posted by chaoticzenmom View Post
We don't keep sodas in the house, but we do drink them when we're out.

I don't think that soda is any worse than milk. Milk is not a healthfood.
I just had to quote this because I feel the same way about milk. My kids love it, but I try to discourage it by "running out" all the time. I find milk disgusting, and can't figure out why so many parents push it on their kids as a healthy option. We drink mainly water, and sometimes juice.
post #55 of 185
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Originally Posted by chaoticzenmom View Post
We don't keep sodas in the house, but we do drink them when we're out.

I don't think that soda is any worse than milk. Milk is not a healthfood.
OMG, Your kidding right?!!! Cow's milk might not be healthy with all the added hormones, but it certainly has its benefits. Calcium for one. Soda not only is loaded with sugar, it has no nutritional value whatsoever. It dehydrates, depletes body of calcium, etc. I think milk would definitely be in a different category.
post #56 of 185
Yes, on occasion. My attitude about food is pretty much "everything in moderation". While I 100% agree that it isn't good for anyone and shouldn't be part of a regular diet I don't have much of a problem with moderate amounts once in a while. It's not something we keep at the house and when we buy it we buy mostly in small containers so it doesn't sit around for lots of refils.

Generally though I try to steer them (well, mostly DS1, DS2 is too young to get more than small tastes really) away from "heavy" pop like Coke even when the option is there. What I do more regularly is mix carbonated water with OJ to make a kind of orange pop for them (and me, I like it too). It doesn't take much juice to color/flavor the water and it's still fizzy enough to have that pop feeling which they associate with party type drinks.
post #57 of 185
I'm pretty sure I read things that debunk that 'carbonated drinks deplete your calcium' line. Not that that's a green light for coke, but drinking sparkling water isn't going to hurt you.
post #58 of 185
My daughter can order any caffeine-free drink she wants when we go out to eat. She doesn't always choose soda but sometimes she does, and that's fine. We don't buy soda for around the house so that isn't an issue. She's 7.
post #59 of 185
My almost 3 year old gets a coke every Saturday when he has lunch with DH at Wendy's. (Is that enough to get me banned??

He doesn't drink very much of it. A couple of sips and then he says he's done and drinks water.

We don't restrict much here in terms of food/drink. Grew up like that and don't think it worked. Once I had some freedom I gorged on everything that was forbidden. Gained 60lbs.

So, we're trying a different approach with DS.
post #60 of 185
My kids (3.5) often ask for (and receive) a sip of whatever I am drinking (if it's not water), and that's it. They know it's not appropriate for them to drink a whole cup of it, and they never ask for more than a sip. They hardly even drink juice, so there's no way I'm going to give them a cup of soda!
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