......................................Tea, coffee and bubblegum.
One of my dds is 6 years ago and is getting very interested in all the above. We haven't given her any of them as yet. Nearest she has got is dunking a biscuit into my coffee.
What age would you give your child these things??
dd1 is 6 in a few weeks, and is allowed a sunday morning treat of a "babychino"- basically about 10mls of coffee in a cup, topped up with frothed milk. She is happy to accept that "proper" coffee is something that grown ups have, but occasionally giving her what she sees as a seriously grown up treat seems to stop her hankering after downing my espresso!
We don't really drink ordinary tea, but both dd's have a liking for herbal and fruit teas.
Chewing gum is more of a thorny issue. I hate it, but dh chews it, so the kiddies want it. DD1 also get peer pressure to eat it in school. Our compromise was to say that it is something for teenagers, which she is happy enough with atm, but I can't help but feel will come back and haunt us...
I would give mine tea or coffee (very weak and milky) to any of my children if they ever expressed an interest (ds3 aged 2 sometimes wants some coffee but never actually drinks it). The bubblegum, I am less sure about, as I don't go for sweets as a whole. They could choke on bubblegum....
I would give my DD weak tea but don't think I would give her coffee. I never had coffee until in my teens, also when I first met DH he had months off work with caffeine poisoning (drank way too much strong coffee, red bull etc )
My ds (3.5) has tea but I only drink decaff so no problems there. If i drank coffe it would be decaff too. Just a sip of coke sends my ds bouncing off the walls!! As for chewing gum.. no hope in hell! I don't use it so he takes no notice.
Mine (9&14) refuse to try tea or coffee. DD (14) has just had braces removed but was banned from any sort of gum whilst they were on. However, she was never really into it. DS (9) LOVES chewing gum, and really wants to master bubble gum blowing. He gets it for a treat - BUT in Sept he starts orthodontist treatment so I will let him have it this summer & then he is banned too!
Bubble gum is banned in our house after DS2 promised to be very careful with it and to dispose of it in the bin. I later found it all over a pair of school trousers. Tea he has just started to have maybe once a fortnight - very milky and just-warm. He is 6.
babies had tea as the norm in their bottle or cup in the north till about 1981 and they are all fine. I am quoting my parents here by the way. I hasten to add My parents gave my 9 mth dd gherkins and pickles at the age of 9 mths while babysitting "just to see if she pulled the same face you did" I survived
I now pay someone to babysit
Although I allow my dd (3.10)to have a watered down wine with sunday dinner I wouldn't allow her to have tea or coffee and certainly not bubblegum.
The refusal of tea and coffe is probably more down to my laziness, it is enough of a chore making her endless cups of juice without having to put the kettle on. She is also hyper enough without introducing caffeine into the equation.
She does however take great delight in finishing off my tea or coffee whenever I leave a cup unattended.
I sometimes let her have a hot soya milk before bed, I have found that dairy milk makes her vary congested and sniffly at night.