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Do you let your children have drinks that contain caffeine?

Response Percent Votes
42% 760
32% 582
I don’t have children
25% 453
Total 1795


Scott Drummond 8 years ago

Poor parents outnumber responsible parents 50 to 28 at this point. Is it any wonder our nation is in decline?

Christine Pennewell Davis 8 years ago

well she drinks iced tea sometimes and once in a great while she will have a soda they both have caffine but not like she drinks this every day all day she knows how important water is and as prune said chocolate milk.

labmonkey 8 years ago

As of right now, there are 47 helicopter parents vs. 66 normal parents.

Steve Jacob 8 years ago

Who really cares how other parents are raising there kids?

Maddy Griffin 8 years ago

Just one. He's ADD and a Mountain Dew will calm him down enough to make studying possible.

classclown 8 years ago

Chocolate milk has caffeine. Not a lot, but it's in there. So if your kid drinks a lot of chocolate milk it can add up.

Not looking to start anything here. Just an FYI in case you may not have realized.

suesay 8 years ago

My boyfriend's sister puts soda in her 34 month old's bottle. Yes, he's 34 months old a still drinks from a bottle. And isn't at all potty trained. And she's a stay at home mom, courtesy of us. :) Ok, I'll stop.

nickm81 8 years ago

My kid can have all the caffeine she wants - as long as she's spending the night at grandma's or a friend's house. ;)

Mary Darst 8 years ago

Caffeine is limited. I am the Gma, so I can only control it at my house. I do not have caffeinated drinks for them at my house. I have water and low sugar juice. I get wacky when I see kids under 16 drinking Monster or drinks like that. Mountain Dew now has one with ginsing. I don't know about the effects from that, but I am not buying it.

Mary Darst 8 years ago

Caffeine is limited. I am the Gma, so I can only control it at my house. I do not have caffeinated drinks for them at my house. I have water and low sugar juice. I get wacky when I see kids under 16 drinking Monster or drinks like that. Mountain Dew now has one with ginsing. I don't know about the effects from that, but I am not buying it.

Jeremiah Jefferson 8 years ago

When I was a kid, I drank pop, water, juice, tea, milk, just about everything I could get my hands on. Mc Donalds was my favorite too. I also rode in the back window of my parrents car and didnt wear a helmet when riding my bike or skateboard, plus I got spankings on a regular basis lol. All in all I think I turned out alright...

beatrice 8 years ago

A lot of drinks have caffeine, including iced tea. The greater problem is sugar. How much soda do parents let the kids drink? I see kids drinking those super sized sodas that are about as big as they are, then we wonder why they look like oompah loompahs.

Shout Water!

FreshAirFanatic 8 years ago

Diddo Beatrice. Caffeine is the least of society's problems. For those who think chocolate milk is good. You may want to watch this.

jonas_opines 8 years ago

Imagine moderation.

Nevermind, all or nothing!!

Chrissy Neibarger 8 years ago

My children are 16 and 17, so yes, they drink caffeine because they can go out and get whatever they want when driving around.. what age of children are they referring to? We didn't let them have caffeine other than the occasional treat on new years eve or such before they were 12.

AnnaUndercover 8 years ago

My favorite sign from a concessions stand at the botanical gardens in San Diego:

"Unattended children will be given a shot of espresso and a free puppy."

2shtz4u 8 years ago

What is up with these questions?You'll are crazy or just smoking crack!!Caffine is perfectly legal.Pepsi,Coke ,Sun Tea all American drinks.There is nothing wrong with drinking it and don't make us parents out bad for letting them thats just crazy! GET REAL PEOPLE complain about things that really matter!!! Like SEX and DRUGS!!!!!!!!! ALCOHOL!!!!!!!!!!!

Seth Peterson 8 years ago

As of now 313 out of 427 people who responded to this LJWorld online poll and probably comment and and elsewhere breed and have children? sigh

I don't have children, but have many family members who are newborn to pre-teen age and when I spend time with them their caffeine, sugar and soda intake are all in moderation. I never really thought of it is a health issue, though - I wonder how much is considered too much and if that amount varies with age.

denak 8 years ago

It depends on what age they are if I give them caffeine. If they are under 6, they don't get caffeine or even sugary drinks. It is either milk, water, or a healthy juice.

If the are between 6 and a teenager, they usually don't get soda unless it is a special event (ie holiday dinner, birthday party, going out to eat) so it is limited.

As a teen, they pretty much can drink what they want. I can't watch them 24/7.

However, for the record, I would rather my son drink a Pepsi then these so-called "energy drinks. Those things are horrible.


Tony Kisner 8 years ago

Only if they are way hung over. Sometimes it helps.

fastwalker 8 years ago

A nice dose of caffeine sharpens the wit and tempers the mind. It's good for all ages, from the wee sucking at the teat to the bedridden and infirm.

walkthehawk 8 years ago

it really matters what age these "children" are. My oldest is 3; his beverage choices at this point are limited to milk and water.

twoleftfeet 8 years ago

No but my child is only two. She bounces off the walls enough WITHOUT caffeine!

Stuart Evans 8 years ago

"Caffeine is the world's most widely consumed psychoactive substance, but, unlike many other psychoactive substances, it is legal and unregulated in nearly all jurisdictions. In North America, 90% of adults consume caffeine daily" -Wiki

While you can overdose and die from too much caffeine, the non-killer marijuana remains the most illegal substance in America.

phenommenom 8 years ago

How else am I going to get these little buggers to get all of this work done! LoL

FloridaSunshine 8 years ago

It is quite difficult to believe how DUMB so very many parents are...the most important "job" in the whole world and there's no test for it!!! When I'm shopping at the grocery store, I see all I need (or ever want to see) of these absolutely DUMB parents. They're either letting their children drink some kind of pop...or eating sweets...anything to keep their mouths shut it seems! Or they are screaming at them...the children are crying because they are small and tired and need to be in bed and they don't need to be yelled at for it. It's the parents' fault that the children are out way past bedtime. There have been SO many times I've wanted to turn on these "parents" (if you can really call them parents!)...maybe if we tried screaming at them, they would realize how awful it is. Their retaliation would be, "These are MY children and I can do anything I want with them!" I know this because I've actually approached more than a few of these nightmare parents over the years and that's exactly what they say. I just walk away telling them that it will all come back to haunt them someday. And it will. These are the parents of all the bullies at our children's schools...the parents of all the drop-outs who are doing any drug they can get their hands on...the parents of pregnant teen-agers and teen boys who don't have an ounce of respect for the females in their lives. Just because you can procreate doesn't make you a good parent, unfortunately.
I don't care what kind of tantrum you may see a kid all comes back to being the fault of the parents. Precious little breaks my heart!!

RKLOG 8 years ago

A shot of bourbon to help them sleep, and a little hair of the dog to rid them of the morning hangover. Gives my 9 year old the energy he needs to work a 70 hour week. Honestly, I love him like he's my own...

2shtz4u 8 years ago

OMG!! Are you for real Florida Sunshine? I don't think the problem here is caffine with you.I think you need some mental health,Not everyone with caffine is like what you describe those are people with other problems.I have 2 teenage sons that are very respectfull 1 is on the honor roll @ FreeState High and the other is going to JCCC and doing very well.You have issues and caffine isn't the problem!!!Yes caffine should be enjoyed in moderation like anything I remember my Grandpa giving me my first drink of soda when I was about 6 those are memories i'll never forget.Florida Sunshine what you describe is people with more than caffine in there systems come on and get REAL!!!!!!!!!

Stuart Evans 8 years ago's true, so many kids are being raised in less than optimal conditions. However, in this day and age, with mothers working, and fathers absent (it goes the other way sometimes too), maybe the only time that parent can get to the store is late at night. Perhaps she's just worked her third double shift in a week and is at the end of her patience, but she's got to get some food so her kids don't starve. and you're seeing this snapshot of their entire life, and making a judgment upon it.

It has just got to be an amazingly godlike feeling to be the very best parent in the world. you should have a TV show Dr. Phil.

Mel Briscoe 8 years ago

sure! i like seeing them run around in circles!

ruroy 8 years ago

My nine year old son enjoys a small coffee with his dad each morning. The time they spend together and the fact that he wants to grow up to be just like a really great man is well worth it. We don't buy pop or energy drinks, but we do parent with common sense.

Kirk Larson 8 years ago

I remember a story about a flea market that had a sign: "Any unattended children will be given a chocolate bar and an espresso".

coolmarv 8 years ago

Was the "i don't have children" option needed? I'm surprised 372 childless persons answered. If you didn't have children the question would just no apply.

monkey_c 8 years ago

Florida Sunshine has spent too much time in the sun. I hope she/he isn't taking children out in those dangerous UV rays...I'm sure sunshine knows better than to do that. Parents shouldn't yell at their kids? Should they be scolded at all? Or just pampered and sheltered and kept out of the publics view so they can behave like undisciplined hell-cats in private? Florida Sunshine's post absolutely positively discusts me. It makes me want to hurl and if I encountered (I suppose) and this person dared tell me how to speak to my child or what they should or should not be eating or drinking...sunshine would be lucky to walk away unscathed. Hideous, horrible person!!! Ug! This being said, I normally do not have to scold my children in public because they have been taught how to behave properly. Taught through communication, demonstration and discipline. How I hope my child never get involved in any way with the pampered prince/princess child of Mr. or Mrs. Sunshine........wretch.........oh excuse me....there goes my lunch.

monkey_c 8 years ago

I am in full agreement with Anna Undercover and I had to point that out, because I don't think it has happened before.

2002 8 years ago

Regarding caffeine and health care

Thank you Danny Elfman

Big brother's screaming but we don't care Cause he's got nothing to say Think of the future, think of the prophecy Think of the children of today

Big brother's marching So we all stand in his way Open your eyes, sisters and brothers Neatly disguised, so far away Open your heart, try to remember Two worlds apart, but so close

Big brother's watching, we watch him back We see right through his disguise He tries to scare us, with angry words But we all know that they're lies Whole world is waiting Just see the fear in their eyes

Whole world is watching, observing every move Is it beginning or the end? Just like a chess game, but so intense That I just don't understand Anticipation It's much to big to pretend

CHORUS (Wake up), it's 1984 (Wake up), but we've been here before (Wake up), it's 1984 (Wake up), but we've been here before.

mom_of_three 8 years ago

I never thought caffeine was the problem. Always thought it was the sugar.

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