Do you let your kids drink soft drinks?

@pehpot (4762)
Philippines
September 30, 2008 9:31am CST
We all know that soft drinks has no good effect in our body, some says it can damage our bones, I believe so, but now advertisings make soft drinks as if it should be a part of your every day meal. I am too guilty of soft drinks indulgence. When we do our grocery shopping, I sometimes bought soft drinks for stocks. Ok so they say it can do no good to our body and can do damage the bones, believing so; I think that it would be very harmful to the kids, since their bones are still tender. That is only my belief and I am not saying that it is right, but when I see kids drinking it, I cannot deny the fact that I cringe. My kids, specially my first born, only tasted it twice and he never liked it. While my second born love it sometimes I really make it a point not to let him drink more, a sip or two once a week is bad enough for me. [i][b] How about you? What do you feel when you kids, like ages 2, 3 or 5 drinks soft drinks? Or if you have kids do you let them drink some? [/b][/i]
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1 Oct 08
Well, I'm 12, and yes I know it's weird seeing a kid try to make money :). But, my mom doesn't really care, I mean she cares; but not like the soft bones thingy. She lets the doctor do the talking :). Except, she has really really mom moments, like sometimes she cares too much about my allergic retinitis. And, I'm sometimes like:"Okay, chill."
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1 Oct 08
Oh yeah! I didn't actually answer you're question, but yeah my mom does. She asks my driver to buy like 2 2lt. of coke zero everyday.:)
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@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
30 Sep 08
I let my daughter drink soft drinks every now and then. she does not drink a whole lot of them anymore. She was told by her doctor to not drink them as often. they are not good for us.
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@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
1 Oct 08
I think so too that sodas are not good for our health
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
30 Sep 08
my kids are 47 &27 so i don't let them do anything. think they are as stubborn as me, heaven forbid. lol
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@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
1 Oct 08
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• United States
30 Sep 08
When my children were young I gave them very little soft drinks as the didn't need all the sugars and carmels it contains but as they got older I let them drink any soft drink they wanted and they drank it alot. My oldest recently stopped drinking soda, about 6 months now, and started drinking the crystal light stuff and lost 25 pounds - however my youngest seems to like soda too much to give it up at this time.
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@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
1 Oct 08
soda has some addictive substance in it I think..
@peedielyn (1211)
• United States
30 Sep 08
I have drank pop my whole life. I love the stuff and can't go without a pepsi at any given point in time. I do agree with you with youngn's being allowed to drink pop. I let my kids have it on Friday with their pizza but that is it. It's not good for the kidneys, let alone growing bones. I know, because I have bad kidneys. I never gave my kids pop when they were that little, and with one child whose genetics cause him to be obese! It's a no-no. What I cringe at is the mothers who don't take the time to feed the little ones and just feed them juice, or kool-aid, or pop in the cups or bottles. This not only is unhealthy as far as teaching them healthy ways to eat, but rots the teeth. my kids are 10, 9, 7 and 5. They know that even at the other parents house, they are not allowed to guzzle pop. Our kids actually drink more water than anything. We have a water cooler and they find it neat to get their own water from the machine rather than the spigot. Happy My lotting!
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@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
1 Oct 08
oh it is nice that your kids know how to drink lots of water
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
1 Oct 08
NOt only soft drinks are bad for the bones, they are bad for the health too because its sweet, and can cause diabetes if one were to drink too often.. Plus, soft drinks are addictive too, and it's best not to let the kids start drinking.. Once in a while is ok, but once they start to grow older, it's gonna be hard to control them.. SO if possible, stop stocking up soft drinks in the house, so that htey cant even steal a sip if u are not around ^_^
@Crysi23 (515)
• United States
1 Oct 08
I let my son drink a soft drink as long as its caffenine free plus I also add 1/2 soda and 1/2 water he drinks it like that and he likes it.
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@granmeme (162)
• United States
1 Oct 08
When I was little soft drinks where a treat. Same way when mine where little. Now that they are adults my son drinks soft drinks and lets his little one have too much. My daughter drinks very little and limits their child's soft drinks. I wish the little ones did not drink soft drinks at all but I keep my opinion to myself as they are grown with their own families.I got off the soft drink wagon and drank only water but fell off the wagon and am drinking more sodas but plan to get back on water although this summer I got hooked on crystal lite peach tea. I am not to sure this is very good for me wither because of the artificial sweeteners.
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• Philippines
1 Oct 08
Pehpot it is very true that softdrinks is not good to our health so i never really encourage my child to drink one. Only in a several occasion but not regularly . It is very addictive i would say once you taste the taste of it you would always want for more. So never really if possible
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@my2boys (821)
• United States
1 Oct 08
I do let my kids drink soft drinks. My son loves them. I dont let him drink as much as he would like too but I do let him drink. People have been drinking soft drinks forever. I have been drinking soft drinks since I was a kid and I am perfectly healthy. There is nothing wrong with it in moderation.
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• Philippines
30 Sep 08
yes i let my kids drink softdrinks in moderation.. but i don't stock it at home. i myself drinks too especially at lunchtime since its so hot, especially in our weather.. we'll you should lessen it a bit it since it stops the absorption of nutrients in food while you're eating and drinking softdrinks..
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@bieke81 (1069)
• Belgium
30 Sep 08
I have two kids, ages almost 4 and 2 and a half. My oldest one loves to drink softdrinks, but because it's never in the house, he only gets it ones in a while, when we are out or something. AT home he drinks water and milk. The youngest one always wants to try it, but doesn't like it, he does drink ice tea sometimes, but his number one choice is chocolate milk. He doesn't get that every time he wants, but mostly two times a day (morning and evening). I feel that I should let them drink it ones in a while, that way they get used to it and learn that they can have it, but not to much of it. Have a nice day
@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
1 Oct 08
well my oldest he does not like it, he does not like the taste, once when he and his daddy was out, there were no clean water available, he still did not drink soda
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@bieke81 (1069)
• Belgium
1 Oct 08
Well, good for him I guess. If he doesn't like it, he's better of drinking water or something like that. Have a nice day
@chertsy (3817)
• United States
16 Oct 08
I let them have a soda here and there, and it's either sprite or rootbeer. I am a huge soda drinker, only because when I was growing up, I wasn't allowed to have any. I would sit and watch my dad have a pepsi with dinner, while we either had milk or water. We would have juice, every once in awhile. When my family lived on a Naval base, our house contained lead paint, not much we could do at the time except don't let our child put it in her mouth. We were also told that milk, helped in case if she did. So she drank a lot of milk and kept her hands clean. My youngest got a sip of soda when she wasn't even 2 yet, only because my husband let her have a sip from his watered down cup. We were at a theme park, and I ran out of her milk and juice cups and the park was closing. She also didn't have any chocolate until she was 2 months shy of being 2, thanks to my dad. He gave her a chocolate kiss. I think if a parent is going to let their kids have soda, it should be a small amount, shouldn't replace liquids that they need, and it should be given with a straw. That way the sugar from the soda won't sit on the teeth, but go straight down their little throats. My kids mostly like milk, juice, homemade juice, and water.
@iyah10 (4116)
• Kuwait
4 Oct 08
No, I won't in my part for I am aware but my wife does it sometimes to my daughter in which she is still a year and 3 months old for she won't stopped as well if she cannot drink even a taste of it....She said it is ok as long as it is not too much a zip for a soft drink won't do anything wrong for us and to the baby's health as well.
@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
3 Oct 08
My kids are grown now so they pretty much drink what ever they want. I havent bought the stuff or drank it for so long. One day i desided to buy one. Now i can not see what i ever liked about it. I always tell everyone how bad it is for them but most dont really care. My daughter drinks it but wont allow her kids to drink it too often. I wish she would stop too. If you and her would think of yourselves as an example to them that may help you to stop. How can you drink it but not allow the kids??? Just a thought.
@shana123 (2096)
• India
2 Oct 08
I like soft drinks form my childhood since i catch so easily and i get breathing troubles my mom has never allowed me to have a sip of it , she sometimes allow me to have only a sip , but now im 20 years she cant stop me from having it lol , she does it even now , but she wont threaten me as like she did before , i myself stopped having it regularly , but my brother haves it daily , he himselfs says that it is not good for health then again he goes to have it lol..
@oriental (1051)
• Uruguay
2 Oct 08
I've heard that cola drinks are not good for bones, but I didn´t hear anything about all the other soft drinks. I don´t let my child to have Coke or Pepsi everynight, only when going out to have dinner or when we have someone visiting us at home. All other nights he drinks Sprite or any other softdrink with lemon flavour.
• United States
2 Oct 08
We allow my grandaughter to drink soft drinks and because she knows that she can drink them if she wants, she wants to drink something else, tea, juice, water, she doesn't drink milk because she is allergic to it. We don't have any arguments about it and she doesn't drink many soft drinks.
• United States
1 Oct 08
A soft drink is a treat for my children. I do not let my children have them at every meal or even once every day. I do want them to get used to a better way of eating than that. I tend to get too many sodas myself, so I have to remind myself to be contented with water, too.
@angemac23 (2006)
• Canada
1 Oct 08
I don't have any kids, but if I did, I would NOT let them drink soft drinks!