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paris2lmp
coffee and kids
January 27, 2013 at 10:10 AM

I went to the dog park yesterday with my kids, our dog and a couple other friends with their kids and dogs.  It was a fun outdoor activity we do every so often to let everyone out of the house to run off some energy and for the grownups to visit too.  One of the other moms had brought with her a big travel cup of coffee.  So as we are walking the paths and visiting and the kids are running crazy playing with the dogs, her little girl (6 yo, maybe 7) comes up and asks her mom for a drink of her coffee.  Her mom obliges, and simply hands the kid her entire cup, which the girl then runs off with.  A couple min later she comes back and asks if she can share her coffee with one of the other kids.  Her mom says she doesn't care as long as its ok with the other mom.  It was fine with the other mom too!  I was pretty surprised that this seemed to be a no big deal thing to everyone else.

I'm not against coffee/caffeine as a rule.  But I don't think kids that age need any extra help in the energy department.  And now my kids are asking ME for coffee!  Well their moms let THEM drink it!  I wasn't allowed coffee till I was a teenager, and soda was an extremely rare treat before then too.  Energy drinks didn't exist tillI was almost 18 (as far as I knew at that point anyhow). 

What do you think?  Is it ok for young children to drink coffee?  When would you allow your kids to drink it? 

Replies

  • Life.Happens
    January 27, 2013 at 10:15 AM

     I would never allow my kids to drink coffee...Not at the age they are now, it's not something that they need..and I would NEVER allow them to share drinks with another child...I don't know, to each their own I guess...

  • Audreesmommy757
    January 27, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    i work for starbucks and its normal for parents to buy there kids coffee...its normal in other countries....im not against it but i would limit it..yes i allow it..theres caffine in alot of things..

  • mysticalmalissa
    January 27, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    My two older sons never cared for coffee when they were younger, there wasnt a wide variety of flavored creamers then.

    My 5yr old is another story. LOL....He loves it. Once in awhile he will get a small caramel mocha with me.

  • Meltopia529
    January 27, 2013 at 12:46 PM
    I agree. My son is only two.

    Quoting Life.Happens:

     I would never allow my kids to drink coffee...Not at the age they are now, it's not something that they need..and I would NEVER allow them to share drinks with another child...I don't know, to each their own I guess...

  • deadlights86
    January 27, 2013 at 12:51 PM

     If I happen to get something they don't find gross from starbucks I will give them a few sips. They don't care for coffee so they don't ask very often.

  • SassyWildflower
    January 27, 2013 at 1:16 PM
    Its up to each parent. Not my business.
    I have heard of coffee calming kids down instead of hyping thwm up.
    Where my MIL worked at a school, they have done that before (with parent approval and not giving them too much).
    Idc what another mom does really i just wouldnt hand my kids a cup of joe and say have at it. Lol
  • terri76
    by terri76
    January 27, 2013 at 5:48 PM
    My son is 16 and he likes coffee...he does not drink it everyday but he does drink it..maybe like 3-5 times a month
  • Bluetick
    January 27, 2013 at 9:13 PM
    Lol never would I be ok with this
  • SMTCMMoore
    January 27, 2013 at 9:26 PM
    Not at their current ages 5, 3 and 1.5. But I imagine preteen if they ask I'll let them try, I wouldn't allow it on a reg basis and never after 3 pm or so. But to each their own...
  • mrswillie
    January 28, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    I don't allow mine and they are teens

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