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I have┬ájust started giving my 11 yr old tea in the mornings with his breakfast as something warm to drink in winter. My husband thinks I shouldn’t be doing it. Do any other MoMs allow their children to have tea or coffee & when do you think its an appropriate age to do so?

Posted by damish70, 19th August 2014

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  • I don’t drink caffeine in any way and I’m not going to give it to my daughter.

  • Personally I loved staying with my grandma who would make me a lovely weak milky tea when I was a kid. My daughter asks for a black one like me, but I rarely let her due to the diuretic effects on her kidneys. Usually only once or twice a week in winter, but not at all in summer.

  • it is really up to the parent. a grandma has been trying to give my kids(6mths, 2, 6) tea and i don’t think it’s appropriate but she brushed it off and continued. i have since put her in her place that these are my children, my say. my child hurt himself and she literally pushed me out of the way to pick him up and i just had to vent! but it’s all good now & she knows that i have boundaries

  • My 10 year old daughter has been having tea since she was little and was drinking it out of a sippy cup and my 17 month old niece is the same lol I prefer it over milo as it doesn’t have all the sugar and other stuff to go with it :) My mum said that she used to give tea to myself and my 2 sisters when we were small too :)

  • I don’t see an issue, it’s warming and it’s not like you are giving them espresso

  • A sip of weak tea or coffee shouldn’t be a huge problem, especially for an 11 year old. And it wouldn’t have the same sugar as Milo. If you want more information on the caffeine levels of different drinks, try this link …


  • Nothing beats a good old warm milo morning or night

  • My girls are 14 and 15, their been drinking tea since they were little. Tea is good for them nothing bad. Maybe get hubby to google the benefits see if he changes his mind.

  • Warm milk or milo in this house for a while yet but none have asked for anything other than that

  • My 3 yr old loves cups of tea. I make it with the same tea bag as mine & the tiniest bit of sugar.

  • My eldest daughter is 15 and I allow her a cup of tea in the morning at breakfast but my young ones will have hot milo.

  • It depends on the child,I don’t see an issue with tea, maybe try and get a caffeine free one

  • My eldest is only 8 so no not yet. By 11 maybe tea but would be quite weak as I don’t really want him having the caffine.

  • does your child ask for tea or coffee? Our kids hated it and would not touch it, I would give them a hot Milo. or flavoured milk. At 20 our son started drinking tea at his mates place and now makes a strong coffee first thing in the morning only. Our daughter will not drink either tea or coffee preferring juice in the morning. My husband and I drink tea and coffee.

  • I used to give my children a cup of tea but have always used caffeine free tea or coffee.

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