Saturday, August 30, 2008

Little Boys Don't Drink Soda!


This afternoon, one of the guys Hubby used to coach baseball with stopped by with his son, who is one of Eldest's buddies.

The boys were playing football in the yard as Hubby and the other dad and I sat in lawn chairs enjoying some "yum-yum juice". (What beer is referred to here in the Trenches.)

Once they were done playing football, Eldest approached me and asked if they could have a drink. We have an extra fridge in the garage where we keep all our beverages, so I told Eldest he could grab something for himself and his friend.

A few seconds later, I heard the hiss of a soda can being cracked open.

While Eldest reached for a bottle of water, his pal grabbed himself one of MY Coke Zeros (the horror!) and was chugging away!

My children are 6, 4, and 3. They've never had soda. (Under my watch, that is. Eldest has mentioned that he's tried orange soda at the babysitter's. And we've caught my in-laws in the act of letting Middle and Baby slurp down their Diet Cokes.)

Needless to say, I don't approve.

When my Niece was young, my Sis's mantra was always, "Little girls don't drink soda." So I just ended up carrying on that notion with my own children. They know, and will say without hesitation, that LITTLE BOYS DON'T DRINK SODA!

And besides, don't they say that caffeine stunts your growth?

My 3 little midgets certainly can't afford that!

So are we weird? Do you let your children drink soda?

33 comments:

JenniBeanV said...

My 7 year old hates it, but I do let my 8 year old have Sprite or rootbeer when we are out to eat!

A Buns Life said...

No way, Jose. Not even the caffeine free diet stuff. There just is no reason for them too. Milk and water is the staple at our house and my daughter (who is less picky) will drink a juice box (100% juice) once a day at the most. They are 6 and 4 for reference. I'm not sure when this will change however....Not for a LONG time.

This Mom said...

I NEVER have soda in the house. Though I will let them have a soda if we are out. With 5 kids eating out is not very often. And generally only the oldest who is 10 will have a rootbeer the rest opt for fruit punch or lemonade.

Laurin said...

No soda here. The worst is when other kids get that nasty red punch stuff at restaurants and my twins want it. It's hard to say no.

Mayberry said...

Root beer once in a great while -- they know it is a rare treat.

AmyG said...

My girls have soda when we go out. I drink nothing but water at home. The girls drink milk, juice & water at home.

Feener said...

NOOOO
I don't even think i should drink soda, soda is EVIL !!1 of course i have a coke right here next to me, but that is due to the fair, not my fault. blame the firemen and their damn fair.

i know my friend's sis in law would put soda in the kids sippy cups !!!!!!!!! how f(*(* bad is that !!!

Not the Queen said...

We rarely have soda in the house. When we do, it's almost always root beer, and that's designated for root beer floats. I'll let my oldest (who's 4) have some soda when we go out (which is rare), but only caffeine-free soda, like root beer or Sprite.

Rachel said...

But of course you're weird :-). Sorry, you asked :-)

On rare occasions the oldest one gets a Sprite when we're out to eat but other than that it's a strict water, milk and juice around here.

katesaid said...

Yeah, slacker mom here. About once a month, I'll let one of the kids choose a non-caffeinated 12-pack of soda - usually the store brand stuff - and they're allowed to drink soda with dinner one in a while. They split one can between them, and it's only allowed if they have had milk or water for the other two meals that day and have behaved well during the day - in other words, a treat.

I'm big on the idea of not having things be absolutely taboo, on the theory that they'll be less likely to sneak and/or overindulge if it's not a big deal. (This has not worked great with my daughter, who will sneak things just for the sake of it - but that's a whole other issue.)

But. They are not allowed caffeinated drinks, and actually they both talk about caffeine like it's a horrid poison - "Oh, no, Grandma, kids can't have caffeine!"

Scary Mommy said...

Nope! They've had a sip or two, but that's it. Kids drinking soda is just a bit too Brittany Spears for me.

Whirlwind said...

They have it when we go out on occasion because for some reason, a few rester aunts here don't serve milk or juice. Or you order orange juice and it turns out to be soda.

My in-laws believe its okay to give them sprite/ginger ale/clear sodas that are caffeine free despite us telling them no (they're considerate like that).

But as a rule - at home - no soda.

hqm said...

My girls are allowed soda at special occasions, which they have to share a can between the three of them and then only something caffine free.

adymommy said...

I let mine, 2, 5, 6, have sprite once in a while. I prefer it to be diet so it is sugar free as well as caffeine free. Even when we go out to eat they get water more often than not. I have seen my inlaws allowing our oldest to have drinks of their soda and he tells us his mom lets him have whatever he wants. My feelings are that soda is a treat, just like candy, cake, and chocolate.

Motorcycle Grandma said...

My kids are all grown up, now with kids of their own. When the kids were still at home, soda was a rarity. When we went out to eat, I limited it to Sprite or Root Beer.
I thought that the lesson and reasoning stuck with my kids but apparently my oldest son just didn't get the message. While having dinner with his family recently, he poured some Orange Crush into a baby bottle to give to his 10 month old daughter. I exclaimed "What on earth are you doing?!? Are you crazy?" He acted like it was no big deal. He didn't seem to understand the pure sugar jolt his daughter would get from soda.

In the meantime, his 8 year son was calmly requesting Dr. Pepper. Now I understand why this particular grandson is always in perpetual motion and has the attention span of a gnat.

Sorry for the long post, but soda/cafine and kids struck a chord with me.

Mrs. Schmitty said...

It's amazing with the way I live on Diet Pepsi that my kids don't drink soda either. I've never forbid it, but I discourage it. My oldest hates it, my middle has had it out and likes it, but I will only let him have some sprite on special occasions, and my youngest doesn't like it either. I try to only give them water, 100% juice, or milk.

Maureen @ Wisconsin Mommy said...

No - we don't let our 4 yr old drink soda. Luckily, it's not much of an issue since he hates anything carbonated!

momto3cubs said...

No, I do not let my boys drink soda. I don't drink it, either. The stuff isn't much better for you than poison.

My husband and his mom, however, do let the boys drink soda, ARGH!

KaraktinsinFl said...

My girls are 10 and 8. They can have diet soda if we are out to eat but at home it's water or milk or 100% juice. We held out on the hold as long as possible...They probably only started this about a year ago.

carrie said...

My girls have tried a sprite before, but they don't like the "bubbles." whew - thankfully! So they just say, "when I get big like you, we can drink soda, right?" Yep, that would be fine.

I have caught my youngest trying to sip my iced tea before though - no, no, no caffeine. Cripes that is all we need...

I do LOVE me the Coke Zero, though. Man...it is good, and I used to be addicted to Diet Coke. It is clearly better!

Tara@From Dawn Till Rusk said...

Fizzy drinks are a big no no here too. My two aren't even interested so I'm not going to encourage them. I once saw a mother give her child sat in a pushchair (so she could only have been about 2) a can of Coke poured into her bottle! Makes me so very very sad.
My friend's son calls wine 'mummy juice' which really made me laugh.

WaltzInExile said...

This is great -- I thought I had the only kids on the planet who weren't allowed to have soda! At his end-of-soccer-season pizza party, every other 4-year-old (this was 2 years ago) ordered Pepsi (or even Mountain Dew!) and my boy asked for milk. I always think it's weird when other parents say "How do you get him to drink so much milk...?" Um, he's smaller than we are...we didn't give him a choice? And now, even when people offer him soda at birthday parties, he won't drink it; he doesn't like it.
We don't have soda in the house at all and we're not planning to anytime soon. I'm sure when the kids are older, we'll have to rethink this but for now it's up to me and they have milk, water or the very rare juice.

Jessica @ A Bushel and a Peck said...

My kids who are old enough to not be drinking breast milk(4, almost 2) get soda VERY RARELY, and then its root beer or ginger ale only. They drink water, milk, juice, and occasionally iced tea or lemonade. My husband and I don't really drink soda either though, so its never really an issue cause its not in the house.

AFRo said...

Ours get sugar free kool aid or juice of some sort just because I'm not keen on the idea of them drinking cokes. However, they are not completely banned from the occasional indulgence. Every couple of weeks they get a Diet Dr. Pepper from their dad's office if they've done well at school.

DYSFUNCTIONAL MOM said...

My kids drink soda only when we go out for dinner or for a special treat. It's rarely in the house. My youngest almost never drinks soda. Milk, water, & juice here, too!

Chaotic Joy said...

None of my kids drink soda at the house. My older kids (ages 16 & 12) have it when we go out to eat and I am sure the 16 year old has it a good bit when he's not here. My younger 2 (ages 4 & 2)don't have it at all.

Elaine said...

The kids I babysit for drink soda, but usually caffeine free, and only when they are out at a restaurant. They are 14, 12, 10, and 6, so a little older.

Shasta said...

My 6 yro and 3 yro are allowed to have it on special occasions, like picnics, birthday parties, etc. and even then it's decaf only, their fave is rootbeer. At home, it's pretty much water, juicy juice or milk. Sometimes my mom will bring them a bottle of rootbeer because she spoils them like that, but we don't buy it. The baby hasn't had any at all yet. He's content with his milk.

More, More, More said...

no soda here either... unless I need to bribe them! They love it so they will pretty much do anything I tell them if I bribe with a little Sprite when we are out for dinner. That happens so infrequently though. Oh and my parents ( my mom) let them have when they are watching them over night and she doesn't give a crap that they aren't "allowed" and we are ok with that.

Fratzels said...

Nope! We tell Little Man it's adult juice. I just don't see any reason for him to get hooked on it. When I do introduce it, I will start him with diet (gaspppp...the chemicals).

Janet said...

We had a no soda rule until they were 6. Now the older two can have it very, very rarely, for special occasions. The toddler is banned from drinking soda at this point (although she is adept at sneaking sips when nobody is looking. Freaking third children. So wily.)

Shanna said...

No soda here. My youngest (2) likes iced tea. We make decaf tea and he is allowed a sip or two on occasion of my husband's tea. My kids are all about orange juice or ice water and I plan to keep it that way. Soda is just full of nothing good.

This makes eating out difficult at times. Amazing how many weird looks I get when I order the boys water.

Does anyone realize that a lot of rootbeer has caffeine in it? As well as orange soda?

K said...

I never drank soda as a child. I have always loved milk though so I am not sure I put up much of an argument.

In addition to the sugars making children hyper and being bad for their teeth, sodas are a diuretic. I will never forget being a counselor at summer camp and learning that there were reasons behind not giving the kids soda and it did not have to do with the price. It seems that since soda makes you need to go to the bathroom more it makes young children more prone to bedwetting and we wanted to avoid that as much as possible.

So I do not think I will be giving my children soda either. And I do not think that is strange at all.

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