When can kids start drinking coffee? (Two, by any chance?)

When can kids start drinking coffee? (Two, by any chance?)

Not to be all Botox Mom, but I gave a sip of a decaf latte to my two-year-old the other day. How could I resist? Coffee is my third favorite scent behind my husband's beard and "new baby head". At home, I stick my face in the coffee tin and get carried away like Pepe LePew for a few minutes before someone screams MAMA. How can I deny this (acquired) pleasure to the little tot I'm teaching everything? Can't!

I started drinking coffee at five years old. My parents diluted it with whole milk and handed me the funny pages from the Sunday paper. How Alex P. Keaton, no? And thus a coffee dork was born. Sure, maybe I never grew taller than 5'2", but thanks to Crest White Strips and the soothing effects of alcohol, I haven't incurred much other consequence. *twitch* So back to my babies. One is barely off the bottle and I'm ready to jack her up on joe. Is this wrong of me? I mean, what's the big deal? Her baby teeth will eventually fall out and there was more caffeine in her Easter chocolate than a few sips of decaf.

Let's examine the precedent we're setting here. I'd never let her drink a non-alcoholic beer, for example, or pretend to smoke those disgusting candy cigarettes (which yes, they still make). But there's the gray area of toy guns and knives - I wouldn't buy her a pretend bomb or torture device, but what's the harm in a water gun?  We don't eat animals, yet she has "fake" hot dogs from time to time. What's worse? Eating fake animal guts or drinking fake coffee? The latte is seeming tamer and tamer.  The real crime is teaching her that $4.00 is an okay price for a 12 ounce beverage. Damn you, Fourbucks.

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  • I let Kira taste my real, black coffee, all the time. She takes 2 or 3 tiny sips (no matter the temp, little weirdo!), pronounces it "nummy nummy" and I have to tell her all done to get her to stop. Yep, she'll be a coffee drinker. :)

  • In reply to mpurkis:

    I worried about the temp, so this was iced. Baby steps.

  • In reply to mpurkis:

    Hot chocolate and pop probably have more caffeine and/or sugar and do more damage to children. A sip or two of coffee will not hurt them. Besides, my now deceased doctor--a native of Cuba--said that children in Cuba start drinking coffee at an early age. And Cubans drink expresso-like coffee.

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    In reply to JudeeB:

    The word is espresso. There is no "x" in the spelling or the pronounciation of it! ...sorry, just one of my pet peeves...besides that, good points...go coffee!

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    In reply to JudeeB:

    The word is espresso. There is no "x" in the spelling or the pronounciation of it... Sorry, just one of my pet peeves. Besides that, good points. Go coffee!

  • We let both of our girls drink coffee starting at around 3 or 4, whenever they expressed an interest in it. They've been regular coffee achievers ever since, no ill effects, and on top of that I'll say it gave them an edge in school over their drowsier, non-caffeinated classmates.

    Our eldest daughter is 6' and the youngest goes 5'8", so I don't think it stunted their growth, either.

    Tell your kid to drink up!

  • In reply to JoetheCop:

    6' and 5'8"? It sounds like coffee is serum for supermodels. I'll keep at it.

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