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Does Your Kid Kick-Start Their Day With Coffee?

Starbucks is a lot of parents' poison, but do you let your children indulge? Lately, I've seen school-age kids — even as young as six — shuffling through the local coffeehouse line and they aren't ordering hot cocoa. Blended beverages like Frappuccinos are what some youngsters drink to kick-start their day. Does your child make a stop on their way to school?

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snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
i agree with anon #11. it's cultural. i have a friend from ecuador who was raised drinking coffee! so she gives it to her daughter now. it's just coffee that she makes at home though. she's not shelling out $5 for a fatty, calorie-laden frap.
Sarana Sarana 7 years
I don't drink a lot of coffee and wouldn't let my children drinks normal coffee, I don't think they would like it anyway. But there is not much coffee in frapuccinos so I would let them have some. Although the smallest size from Starbucks is way too big for a child.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 7 years
My son loves coffee. We'll got to coffee shops and have a cup together fairly often. I hate frapps and all that stuff, so we just get regular coffee. I didn't vote though because I only give him decaf. My mother in law gave it to him the first time, it was decaf so I didn't care, and he loves it! I limit caffeine because my son already has a ton of energy.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
My girl's only 5 months old, so the question has never risen. We drink a lot of coffee in this house (decaffinated because I'm breastfeeding, psst, hubby doesn't know ;) ) so she'll probably will want to try someday and I will let her. When I first tasted coffe I hated it. If she ends up liking it, I will stick to the occasional sip, though. Never to 'kick-start' the day. There's just no need. It's bad for growth, isn't it?
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
llol, my daughter loves coffee too, but she isn't allowed to have it. We let her have a sip or two sometimes, but not often. We don't drink coffee daily though, we have milk with breakfast. I can very honestly say i shell out 5 bucks for frappucinos several times a month. i LOVE them. That being said, I'm an adult and those coffees are really bad. Not only do they have way more caffiene then coffee you would brew at home, but they are LOADED with calories, sugar and fat. I can't imagine letting my kid get one...I know the large has 50 grams of fat give or take, but i don't know the content for the smalls.
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
My 22 mth old loves coffee and espresso = : O O P S : But I only give him sips here and there....don't need him bouncing off the walls.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
No! I don't have a medical explanation for this, just.. no!
mstrauss mstrauss 7 years
I wonder if these parents are just forgetting that those Frappuccinos are not just a fun blended drink but also have actually coffee in them. Why get your chidlren addicted so young, or at all? There are other ways to jump start a day.
meandtheo meandtheo 7 years
this is crazy! i would never let my kids drink coffee while they were under the age of 16 (and even then i would only let them have the occasional cup). i remember very fondly my mom always cuddling her cup of coffee in the am, it looked so good to me and i always asked to have a cup, she always said no. but i was persistent and finally got what i asked for, i hated it! it shocks me that kids that young like it...but i guess if you blend it with sugar and whip cream
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