I don’t allow my children to have Coke – I’m not popular, and by no means perfect in any way but it’s the one thing that I have stuck by and am so proud of.
Don’t get me wrong I love a Diet Coke, but allowing my children to have a shot of caffeine and chemicals in the form of a coke scares the living daylights out of me.
I know how a swig of Diet Coke makes me feel, it quickens my pulse and gives me a buzz and strangely makes me want more – imagine what this would do to a little child’s body?
Sadly I seem to be quite alone in this Coke ban for children, many a party my children have attended coke is on offer, as well as children’s houses they visit for a play date. But proudly parents report to me, in awe, that my children told them they weren’t allowed coke and politely declined the offer – High Five for Mum!!!
I know it won’t be forever, but for now my children understand why I don’t allow them to have coke, I explained what it does to their body and teeth and even took an extreme measure of showing them exactly what it does to teeth and coins on You Tube – that was enough to scare them into avoiding coke for a few years yet!
The health of my children is so important. Sure I let them have treats like chocolate and lollies, hot chips and McDonalds, but only on special occasions. With Coke it just seems like I would be giving them some sort of illicit drug, it just doesn’t sit well with me.
But my question is why do so many children’s party venues offer coke to minors, the one main culprit in this group is a sporting party venue – it doesn’t make sense.
Don’t get me started on sports drinks…
Am I alone in my ban of Coke for children? Do you feel the same way or do you think I’m being over the top?