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Soda is horrible in so many ways, but when a kid is sick, I pick up some Sprite or other similar soda. Otherwise, the older one occasionally has some if she's at a party or something, and she can order soda if we go out to eat (which is seldom lately.) The younger one (4) only gets it if she's sick, and then only if I have to fight to keep her liquids up.

So I can't say never.

What are the rules in your house?
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We take a yearly trip to Disney... I figure they're already so hyped by the atmosphere that a little soda won't hurt anything.  I also buy a bottle of soda for birthday parties (just our immediate family, and three of our birthdays fall on the same week... so three parties a year, really).

 

We do have cordial quite a bit but that's just fruit and sugar diluted with lots of water.  I don't mind that as much because we dilute it a lot and there's no chemicals or colorings in it. 

 

We also don't do juice... it's mostly unsweetened iced tea or water, generally.

 

I won't generally say no if a friend offers it to them.  It's rare and it's not a hill I'm willing to die on.  We treat it as a treat... not an everyday thing,

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My nearly-3 year old has the occasional lemonade or flavoured mineral water. Usually only special occasions or when she is sick. I was getting lemonade when we had takeaway pizza but I've stopped because I didn't want her having it on another occasion.

We've also stopped buying juice and mineral water and there is only a trickle left in the cordial bottle and I won't be buying more than that. It's a bit of a pain because I really like juice for breakfast but it's hard to say no to DD when I'm drinking it and I don't want her having it every day. I'm ok with it being a now and then treat.

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We don't have "rules" about food anymore. We aim towards eating healthy, our children love trips to the farmer's market and the co-op, they happily eat organic mixed greens with strawberries and free range chicken for dinner. They're also allowed to have pizza and Coke. 


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We don't buy soda, mostly because I've never liked it and have no desire to have it in the house. DH likes it, but doesn't drink it because of an episode of Dr Oz that he saw which basically listed the reasons that soda is horrible for your body. DD has tried it once, when my in-laws were visiting and they slipped her a SIP of Diet Coke (DD had just turned one at the time. seriously? Who gives diet coke to a one year old?!) She hated it, probably because of the carbonation, and I'm glad that her first sip put her off it. I'm hoping to keep that up!

She does drink fruit/veggies juice mixes or milk with dinner or lunch, and water the rest of the day.

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At 4, my DD doesn't like soda. she says it's too "spicy" (i think she means bubbly). I drink soda regularly, but DD knows it's for grown-ups, just like coffee is. I think soda is a highly addictive and terrible drink for your body (again, even though I drink it regularly), so we will not let DD drink it for quite some time. And hopefully we can teach her healthy eating habits so she won't want soda all the time. 

 

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At 4, my DD doesn't like soda. she says it's too "spicy" (i think she means bubbly). I drink soda regularly, but DD knows it's for grown-ups, just like coffee is. I think soda is a highly addictive and terrible drink for your body (again, even though I drink it regularly), so we will not let DD drink it for quite some time. And hopefully we can teach her healthy eating habits so she won't want soda all the time. 

(oh, and i'm from the mid-west, so we call it "pop" winky.gif


I'm actually from suburban Chicago originally, and still live in the midwest, and I call it pop too! But I thought "soda" would be more recognized so I wrote that.
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I rarely buy it except for parties. If we are out at a restaurant for dinner or at a party, they could always order it if that's what they wanted. Often they would choose milk or juice instead. 

 

They drink copious amounts of milk. I can't seem to keep it in the house. 

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I'm actually from suburban Chicago originally, and still live in the midwest, and I call it pop too! But I thought "soda" would be more recognized so I wrote that.

Ha me too.  My dd gets sooo mad because she's the only one born in Milwaukee.  I told her to stop saying "soda" and "bubbler" (drinking fountain) and we could give her honorary Chicago citizenship.  If you say "pop" in Milwaukee people ask where you're from :)

 

I don't care that much about pop.  We keep milk (for cereal, not for drinking) and water in the house.  We will stop at the gas station occasionally and get the giant bucket of pop for .99.  IN the great mix of things my kids are extremely healthy eaters so I truly don't sweat the occasional brownie for breakfast of 4 gallon cup of pop.  

 

Also, as soon as anyone has a tummy ache they are sending me to the store for ginger ale.  

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I wouldn't care if she had it occasionally, but so far when she tried it she didn't like, I think because it is too bubbly for her. Mostly she drinks water & milk with the occasional juice or no-caffeine tea. I also don't have a problem saying she can't have a drink that DH & I are having though, we drink alcoholic beverages around her and just tell her they are for adults only and she can try them when she's older. She's fine with that as long as we let her smell everything, so that works pretty well smile.gif

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We enjoy sparkling mineral water and for years, DS thought it was soda.  He really doesn't have a taste for regular soda except for the occasional real sugar Coke or the root beer brewed by our neighbor.  It happens so infrequently, like once a month, I don't worry about it.  When we go out to restaurants, he picks club soda over soda every time.

 

Milk has become the problem in our house.  My DH thinks DS needs unlimited access to as much milk as he can drink.  (DH can put away a half gal. a day if it is in the fridge)   DS has a healthy diet but I can see the pudge starting.


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I drink a lot of diet soda but my kids aren't allowed to have it. However, my kids are usually allowed to order Sprite or Root Beer when we go out. Actually, they often choose a mixture of Sprite and Root Beer, which sounds vile to me. I don't buy it to have at home, although my kids just had their first root beer floats (with cookies and cream frozen yogurt) last weekend. They eat a wide range of healthy foods most of the time, so treats are fine in moderation.
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We don't keep soda in the house. Neither of my kids liked it for the longest time, so it wasn't even an issue when we were out. Now, DS8 is starting to like it a bit, so he'll ask for a sip of mine when we're out to dinner and I'll let him have a little, and sometimes he'll order a root beer float for dessert. DD4 still doesn't like it.

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We'll get him a root beer when we're at a special restaurant where I'm from and we're visiting Mom.  You just kind of have to, it's brewed down the street (and called pop, haha).  He's only recently thought it wasn't too bubbly (or spicy, as someone else said) for him, so it's a relatively new thing.

 

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to me juice, soda, gatorade, popsicle are the same thing. no difference,

 

from 11/2 to 2 dd got maybe an oz of real watered down pepsi from our 'grandma' neighbor that initially i objected to and then i stopped. 

 

i'd give dd an occasional watered down juice. she'd get sips of my soda.

 

then i stopped soda and juices myself and went to kombucha. that's when i lifted any rules. dd was 5 and i left it upto her.

 

she has never abused it. she has drunk soda or juice to fit in. last week she went out for pizza with her school friends and being dairy and gluten allergic the only thing she could have was a soda and i think that was the first time she actually had a glass of soda. 

 

dd is educated about sugar content. she also knows about her reaction to too much sugar - no matter whether the source  is healthy or  not. the last couple of years lots of sugar has been giving her mood swings. but even before that she did an occasional treat of either dessert or drink mainly coz she agreed on the balance. if she ate a good meal then she'd have a little bit of junk. 

 

i call soda dessert. 


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i call soda dessert. 

 

LOL, sounds like me talking about those cold cereals filled with chocolate or marshmallows and that kind of stuff.

 

"We don't have candy for breakfast".

 

Sometimes I would agree to buy it, as long as they agreed it would only be eaten as a snack instead of cookies or other treats and so we wouldn't be buying those things that week. They rarely took the deal. 

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LOL, sounds like me talking about those cold cereals filled with chocolate or marshmallows and that kind of stuff.

 

"We don't have candy for breakfast".

 

Sometimes I would agree to buy it, as long as they agreed it would only be eaten as a snack instead of cookies or other treats and so we wouldn't be buying those things that week. They rarely took the deal. 

 

Candy cereal is often dessert.  Mostly because I ADORE Fruity Pebbles.

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Soda is horrible in so many ways, but when a kid is sick, I pick up some Sprite or other similar soda. Otherwise, the older one occasionally has some if she's at a party or something, and she can order soda if we go out to eat (which is seldom lately.) The younger one (4) only gets it if she's sick, and then only if I have to fight to keep her liquids up.

So I can't say never.

What are the rules in your house?

I try not to, and I can say than in the last two years the few times DD1 has had soda a UTI has followed shortly after. Sadly, I have a thing for diet Coke

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Candy cereal is often dessert.  Mostly because I ADORE Fruity Pebbles.

Me toooo!!! Till I started studying up sugar content because of diabetes in the family and then i was HOLY COW!!!!

 

i am proud to say (well its taken me over 12 years to succeed and that i am getting close to the age when my mom was diagnosed with diabetes) that i have been able to kick my Coke habit. while i didnt allow myself to get one except on occasions, if someone put one in front of me i could NEVER say no. not anymore. 


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Candy cereal is often dessert.  Mostly because I ADORE Fruity Pebbles.

I had the reputation of "the mom who buys Lucky Charms and eats them for dessert, yet makes her kids eat eggs or oatmeal for breakfast" at the last place we lived. I really had people come and ask me if I was "that woman". Yup, we all eat healthy breakfasts and two or three times a year I buy a box of my special cereal to eat as a dessert.ROTFLMAO.gifAt least I am not eating sugar, or fueling my kids with it first thing in the morning! For the record, the Lucky Charms we get now are always stale--so I've given them up entirely

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I don't drink it really. I might buy a single can 2 or 3 times a year and pass most of if off to be shared among the kids or take a sip of my husbands every once in a while. He on the other hand has quite the Dr. P habit.

 

In our home the kids get water, milk, and tea. Occasionally a soda from dad or grandma. When we eat out or go to the movies I let them have it. Or from the gas station sometimes. My son has it a lot more often because he works with my husband and they go to the gas station pretty much everyday whsn they are working. 

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I had the reputation of "the mom who buys Lucky Charms and eats them for dessert, yet makes her kids eat eggs or oatmeal for breakfast" at the last place we lived. I really had people come and ask me if I was "that woman". Yup, we all eat healthy breakfasts and two or three times a year I buy a box of my special cereal to eat as a dessert.ROTFLMAO.gifAt least I am not eating sugar, or fueling my kids with it first thing in the morning! For the record, the Lucky Charms we get now are always stale--so I've given them up entirely

 

I think they put something addictive in Lucky Charms.  I don't like cereal and never bought it so DS was not exposed to cereal aside from Cherios, Kix and other generic so-called healthy cereals at daycare. 

 

When DS was 4yo, we went on vacation.  From the kitchen, I hear his uncle say "I am making DS breakfast" and didn't think to question it as his Uncle is a health nut, just about the last person in the world I would think would eat sugary cereal.     

 

He served DS a bowl of Lucky Charms and it was like the heavens openned and the angels sang, DS had never been so delighted with a food in his life.  He literally had groans and squeals of pleasure as he shovelled it into his mouth.  He has begged for Lucky Charms ever since.


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I can't remember the last time I had it in the house.

They have it at their dad's regularly. He buys the kind with cane sugar mostly. Not really my hill to die on, though I've commented if they're drinking something with caffeine when I pick them up later in the evening.
 

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It's not allowed at my house, and nobody has a taste for it. We just drink milk, juice, or water; adults drink coffee, tea, or alcohol.

I didn't know drinking soft drink when you're sick was a thing! We just have juice or whatever.
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They drink water 99% of the time. I don't worry about the other 1%, as long as it's legal.


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My boys are 28 months and they have never had soda. I don't buy it for the house unless I am having a party, hosting a holiday or have guests that drink it. I buy organic apple juice and they get a small splash in their full sippy of water on occasion but its normally water and milk. We (DH & I) don't drink soda unless we go out and sometimes even then it's lemonade (which I prefer watered down with some sparkling water or seltzer) unsweetened icead tea, sparkling water or just plain water.
I don't plan on letting them have soda for quite some time yet, especially since they have no idea what it is yet and wouldn't even ask for it. One day they will figure it out and we will have to allow the occasional indulgence. I think if healthy habits can be formed early maybe they will make healthy decisions for themselves most of the time. @ least that's what I'm hoping for!
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It's not allowed at my house, and nobody has a taste for it. We just drink milk, juice, or water; adults drink coffee, tea, or alcohol.

I didn't know drinking soft drink when you're sick was a thing! We just have juice or whatever.

I had a hard time getting one of mine to drink anything when she was sick. She'd start to get dehydrated and would still refuse to drink anything. So my husband said he would run out and get some Sprite and no doubt she'd drink that, and she of course did. It was such a treat that she'd drink as much as he'd give her. She got enough to keep her from getting dehydrated anyway.
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We don't keep coke (from the south so all soda and pop are coke) at home, but occasionally at a party there will be some and we will share a glass. I do like sparkling apple juice for holidays and my kids (4 & 2) will have a glass. Same goes for juice. We keep apple juice in fridge for smoothies and my husband uses it to mix his calcium magnesium powder with, but the kids never ask for it, so it's never given as a drink. Same for milk. We use almond milk for cereal but not drinking. Pretty much water only here. When we visit my family in Texas, there is definitely more juice drinking for them and coke drinking for me. But, I have a when in Rome policy about what we eat and drink. I grew up eating fast food and coke for breakfast lunch and dinner, but never do now. Ok, well. I do enjoy the occasional in and out trip.
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I never spend a penny on the stuff. Sometimes it comes free with a lunch. I always opt for bottled water. I only soda is available, i just refuse. I see  no reason for myself or my children to drink the stuff.  

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I didn't know drinking soft drink when you're sick was a thing! We just have juice or whatever.

 

I'm not familiar with drinking it for colds and the like, but I've heard of people drinking it when they're nauseous -- mostly ginger ale or 7up. I don't know if it's just an old wives tale or an actual remedy (I know ginger is supposed to help, but I doubt there's enough actual ginger in ginger ale to be medically applicable?), but last summer my DS was feeling carsick so I pulled into a gas station and bought him a 7up and told him to take tiny sips every few minutes, and he felt better.

 

I don't know if it was just the coldness, or having a little something in his stomach (I made him eat a few saltines also), or the fact that we stopped the car and got out at the gas station so he got a break from the motion, or what, but he felt better, and I'm okay with him having a soda a couple of times a year during a road trip. 


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