Do you consider soft drinks should be completely off limits for kids? (This is not about those that drink soda in large quantities.)
No, of course not. I limit it more strictly than most people I know, actually, but I still let them have it, especially when we're on vacation. If not, then just every once in a while .
I agree with Laurie, we allow it but limit it.
We almost never buy it and keep it in house. There are these fancy Root Beers and Ginger Beers that DH likes to buy every once in a blue moon but thats about it.
So soda is an outside the house treat....if we go to a restaurant or there is a picnic with a cooler of soda cans then thats fine.
We have soda so little that I am not overly concerned about the caffeine or anything. Honestly the thing that concerns me most about soda is the totally non nutritional TONS of sugar in it, which is pretty much true about any soda, unless its diet which we don't drink. I'm not particularly fond of fake sugar substitutes.
I'm the same as Kim. They have it so little that the caffeine is not an issue. It's the sugar (because I also don't like fake sugar things) and the chemicals. But like Kim (no surprise) we don't keep it in the house. I don't actually drink it at all, I have maybe two Cokes a year. (And it has to be Coke.)
We have it on a special occasion or a vacation or if we're out with, say, another family and the kids are having it.
We do have soda in the house but they barely touch it. DH and I drink it here and there. DD2 likes it a bit more than DD1 and takes sips of ours when we have it. We have had root beer floats and ginger ale when they have upset stomachs.
I'm not a fan of banning anything (fake sugar is one though!), I just try to teach them better choices and model good habits when I can.
Mom to Elizabeth (6) and Corinne (4)
We also dont keep it in the house, but we do drink it on occasion. My 4 year old doesnt like it at all, but all the girls will have a sprite or root beer if we go to a local pizza place. I LOVE pepsi, I would drink it all the time if I could. I havent had one in a couple of years because I cant seem to drink it in moderation so I just skip it.
My 7 year old had a cherry 7 up today, she thought it was very "fancy" to drink a pink colored drink
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
My kids are 7 & 5 and have never had pop. This is actually an issue as my dad has a dream of drinking root beer floats with them as we go to North America this summer and I doubt the kids will like it. I'll let him try though! Root beer isn't available here so even if they love it they won't be able to have it for a few years.