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Moms Talk: Soda-Sipping Crackdown

How can children be encouraged to drink beverages that don't include much sugar?

This week, we're asking St. Louis parents to weigh in on the subject of excessive soda-drinking.

Suppose you've got two young children, ages 6 and 9. They just love sugary beverages and have gotten into the habit of drinking five or more cans per day.

So onto this week's question: What strategies would you suggest for breaking the habit?

Interested in joining the discussion by being part of our Moms Council? Email editor Jim Baer at james.baer@patch.com for details.

James Baer (Editor) July 25, 2012 at 10:52 AM
All moms face this one. Feel free to tell us how you handle this one.
Mom of the Year July 25, 2012 at 12:48 PM
I would use scare tactics. For example, I would tell them that only twinks drink sodas...do you want to be a twink?
James Baer (Editor) July 25, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Twinks against drinks. I like that!
TP July 25, 2012 at 01:25 PM
If the kids are that young - don't buy soda. If it's not there, they can't drink it. Break the habit and help them learn control now so that when they are older and able to buy their own they still know to reach for water or other choices that are healthier than soda. As they get older, buy as much as you're willing to let them have in a week. When they drink it - it's gone - and don't buy more until the time is up. My kids did drink too much soda, so I stopped buying it.
Kimberly D. Martino-Sexton July 25, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Employing a few simple strategies can cure the slippery habit of soda sipping. However, the adults in the family may feel more “pain” during the habit breaking process than the children. The old adage of “do as I say not as I do” doesn’t work well with children. 4 Strategies to Stop the Slide down the Soda Sipping Slope 1. Model The Way: If you don’t want your kids to drink soda, don’t drink it yourself or at least not at home. 2. Limit Availability & Access: Do not make soda available at home. 3. Establish an Occasional Junk Food Holiday: Institute a family rule that soda is only allowed on certain occasions, like at the lake or at grandma’s house. 4. Water is the new Soda: Replace sugary soda with all natural, free and healthy water. Your child will eventually drink water when they are truly thirsty. Alternative beverages: Juice (sugar free, no added sugar, organic) or Homemade Juice Spritzer (4oz Sparkling Water and 2oz Organic Juice) Keep it simple. The next time you go to the store, do not purchase any soda. If the kids put up a fuss when they notice the soda is gone, just state the new house “rules” in a calm matter of fact way. “We only drink water, milk and juice at home”. You are in charge. You are making these decisions for the good of all family members. There are no bribes or discussions necessary.

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