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To ask at what age you let your DC regularly drink soft drinks?

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UnderTheAntenna Tue 26-Mar-19 15:33:24

i.e. not just water or milk (hot choc). How old were they when you let them drink soft drinks on non-special occasions?

Chocolateisfab Tue 26-Mar-19 15:36:25

Dc are 12+13 and still it's a no!! Ds 15 has a medical condition so it's a no at home but he gets them when not in my presence I am sure!
Pretty strict with pop tbh!

Hollowvictory Tue 26-Mar-19 15:37:28

Only on sp occasions they are 12

Aquamarine1029 Tue 26-Mar-19 15:37:38

Soft drinks were a rarity in my children's lives and we never bought it for our home. Soda is nothing but garbage, and our society's epidemic of adult and childhood obesity is a testament to that.

Letthemysterybe Tue 26-Mar-19 15:37:42

So, juice? They had that watered down from
1, with meals. But not usually just by itself. If they are thirsty at non meal times they will have water. Fizzy drinks? Never!

SwimmingJustKeepSwimming Tue 26-Mar-19 15:37:59

Ive been happy with squash on occasions when they started school - and we sometimes have fruit juice.

But we dont have fizzy in the house. Occasional lemonade when we eat out but thats not often, 10 and 7.

PlainSpeakingStraightTalking Tue 26-Mar-19 15:40:01

How old were they when you let them drink soft drinks on non-special occasions?

I dont think I understand the question. Are you asking when you let children drink squash? or fizzy pop? or cordial?

@chocolateisfab - you really dont let your teenagers drink squash or hot chocolate?

Inaquandry06 Tue 26-Mar-19 15:40:17

Squash at home but never buy fizzy stuff for the house, they can have it at parties or occasionally at the cinema or families houses

Upthepong Tue 26-Mar-19 15:42:47

Mine have a small glass of fresh juice with breakfast. Occasionally they might get squash, at the weekends say. Pop is only for special occasions or if we go out for a meal. Most of the time it is water or milk. Poor blighters grin

YouWinAgain Tue 26-Mar-19 15:43:40

DD aged 3 has squash with her main meal but that's only because my ExH gives it her at meal times and I get "but daddy lets me". She doesn't have it at all on Nursery days as Nursery don't offer it.

Fizzy Drinks are not in the house at all, but I do let her occasionally have a sip of lemonade or something at a party or if we go for a pub lunch with my granddad and I have it (I don't drink alcohol when I have DD in my care). Thankfully me and her dad are the same on that.

Upthepong Tue 26-Mar-19 15:43:48

Said poor blighters are under 10 and over 5

CustardOmlet Tue 26-Mar-19 15:45:02

Squash from 1yr - constipation or obsessing about a drop of flavour in their water, there really was no contest!!!

nutellalove Tue 26-Mar-19 15:46:42

Don't have DC but my parents let me have sips of fizzy drinks from age 1ish. I must have been having my own a few months/years after that. That would probably be called neglectful parenting nowgrin but I think I turned out ok, not addicted or anything like that haha

PutOnYourDamnSocks Tue 26-Mar-19 15:47:46

Restaurants, cinema, Sunday lunch and special occasions. Otherwise it’s milk or water. Since the youngest one was 7

dementedpixie Tue 26-Mar-19 15:49:28

Mine get water, fruit juice, squash during the week. Ds (12) gets fizzy at the weekend. Dd(15) isn't keen on fizzy drinks but will have a fresh orange and lemonade in a tall glass with dinner on Sunday or if we're out for food. I buy diet drinks as ds has issues with the enamel on his teeth. I drink water and tea during the day and have a glass of fizzy stuff with dinner.

Happyspud Tue 26-Mar-19 15:50:30

I wouldn’t buy it into the house at any age.

CarolDanvers Tue 26-Mar-19 15:53:52

They're 16 and 12 and don't drink anything but water unless we are out for a meal or having a take away. They don't drink tea or coffee either. I was always perplexed by this idea that sugary carbonated drinks should be habitually consumed on a daily basis so never allowed that habit to develop. They're old enough to choose now and always have water.

FlagranceDirect Tue 26-Mar-19 15:55:14

I've never bought fizzy drinks, not for myself or guests, so we've just never had them available. The children never asked for them and don't drink them now they are adults. They had really weak milky tea from quite young, 2 or 3. Didn't have fruit juice either. Never really thought about it before.

SheChoseDown Tue 26-Mar-19 15:56:34

Only when they mix it with vodka

formerbabe Tue 26-Mar-19 15:56:39

8 and 11 here....still only milk and water. They dislike fizzy drinks and I've been so strict about them not drinking them, my ds assumed they were illegal grin

Alanna1 Tue 26-Mar-19 15:57:07

Er, never?
I never buy sugar fizzy drinks, whether special or non-special occasions, at home. I'm 44. My parents never buy it. They are in their late 70s. Squash - maybe for a children's party, but I'd just as likely make them make homemade lemonade.

BlackInk Tue 26-Mar-19 15:57:20

DS9 and DD7 mainly drink water.

They have a small glass of fruit juice with breakfast and then it's water through the rest of the day.

We usually have squash in the house but they rarely ask for it.

DS occasionally has a glass of milk or a babyccino in a cafe, and very occasionally lemonade in the pub.

DD doesn't like milky drinks and usually has fruit juice in cafes and pubs.

We're not strict about it. This is just how it's worked out. DP and I don't really drink sugary drinks - we survive on tea, coffee and wine smile

Puffykins Tue 26-Mar-19 15:57:38

Still never. They're 6 and 8. Unless you count the green juice I make them drink at breakfast every day....

neddle Tue 26-Mar-19 15:57:52

We have squash, milk and water available whenever they want.
They often get Fanta with a takeaway and fizzy drinks when out at say Pizza Hut.
At home, dh and I drink cola and they often have some too.

Kids between 4 and 17 and no fillings.

BlueSkiesLies Tue 26-Mar-19 15:58:40

I would consider those to be a treat, on a par to when you might drink alcohol eg a meal out or special occasion

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