Do you remember how old you were when you had your first cup of coffee?
I doubt many pediatricians would suggest that you sit down and have coffee with your toddlers every morning while watching “Sesame Street.”
But, I’ll bet your children would never forget the time they spent with mom and dad over a mug of warm “milk with a splash of coffee.”
Coffee-time can build relationships and memories that last forever. (click to tweet)
It can be okay for children to drink coffee…
I loved taking my daughter to Starbucks when she was about two or three and the Barista would make her a cup of “frothy foam” to enjoy while I enjoyed my big girl cup.
She had her own special coffee mug at home. It was a small ceramic mug with a bunny on it. Mostly she drank juice from it –it was a smaller version of mom’s coffee mug.
Because she had asthma, I would give her a cup of black coffee (diluted) when she couldn’t stop coughing and it would open her lungs.
Don’t laugh. Home remedies can work.
I’ve also read studies where parents have given their children coffee to treat ADHD. I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent many nights up with a pot of coffee when my child was sick.
I consider myself a “Southern Girl,” though I’ve lived on the West Coast since I was a baby. Summers spent in the south visiting relatives and being raised by an Arkansan and “tar heel” definitely qualify in my book as southern-bred. Which means, yes, my mama drank her coffee with a splash of Carnation milk. All of my relatives’ children in Texas start drinking “coffee milk” before they start kindergarten.
I think that in all families, coffee is a common element that can conjure up a lot of memories and is a thread that leads to discussions about other interactions. Whether it be funerals or births or graduations or whatever, there’s a big pot of coffee brewing somewhere in the background.
After all, someone brought over a lot of pastries, there has to be some coffee.
Moderation is key
As with everything, moderation is the key. And my opinions are not based on scientific research, just common sense.
I’m not promoting a culture of caffeine-addicted children, but with all the recent research which highlights many of the benefits of coffee, I don’t think letting the little ones have a cup of coffee milk or coffee soy is really a big deal.
In fact, I think it might make for a few happier kids and parents and open up some dialogue about other things that are really important in your child’s life.
Do you give coffee to your kids?
What are your thoughts on this? Do you think it’s irresponsible to allow children to have some coffee? In your experience, do kids like it? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.
Dorothy Stewart is a freelance writer and coffee lover who resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. She blogs at http://perkdup.blogspot.com. Learn more about how you can guest post for Daily Shot Of Coffee.