Inspired by this thread and the fact that I am soon going to be molding and shaping a young life, I wondered if children (and I do mean CHILDREN, being aged 16 or younger) should be allowed to drink coffee.
On the one hand, to a lot of people out there, coffee provides a much needed caffeine fix and tastes wonderful, either black or mixed with cream, sugar or what have you. There are true coffee lovers out there who simply wish to pass this love on to their children by teaching them to drink coffee at an early age, which they believe is GOOD for the children.
Then again…it seems we are raising generations of caffeine addicted children who can’t function without the highs caffeine provides them, as well as the sugar. I realize that coffee isn’t the only culprit, that it can come from sugary sodas too.
Is it really good for a child’s development both mentally and physically to drink coffee? Is there any proof that it retards brain function and/or growth?
I do not drink coffee. I do, on occasion, drink soda. But not regularly. I don’t plan to raise my kid to be a soda drinker. If they like it, fine, it’s a treat from time to time but not something we’ll keep in the household 24-7.