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I have just 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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  • My granddaughter was allowed to sip her Mum’s tea at a very young age so I make her own cup when she comes here & we sit & chat like a pair of old friends! ( including a biscuit she likes to dunk )!

  • I think tea is OK and if they like it good. I only started drinking it with my first pregnancy at 32.

  • Thankyou MoMs – I think I’ve won this argument with my husband!

  • Both my sons have had cups of tea (although quite weak) from about the age of 6.

  • Oooh tricky. We stick to warm milk for the kids. But I guess when they hit the teenage years we’ll be thinking about letting them have tea or coffee.

  • My children had cups of tea (weaker when young) for a few years. We’ve found it helps settle our 11yr olds tummy in the morning, she has an Irritable Bowel & Reflux and her Gastroenterologist’s comment was to do what works. It’s less heavy than hot chocolate and they don’t get the sugar/high GI hit either.

  • My Mum and Dad use to give weak tea to my kids in their sippy cups. I would not have a problem at all with an 11 years old having a cup of tea. Just not cup after cup as tea is good for you

  • My 8 year old drinks iced coffee. Many people are critical of it but those same people who say my child shouldn’t have the odd ice coffee allow their children to drink energy drinks or live on junk food so I take no notice of them.

  • My first thought is to say that no, I wouldn’t give an 11y.o. tea but then I think about other cultures that allow much younger children to have tea and coffee without any negative outcomes. As with most things in life, it’s probably a case of moderation being key. If she enjoys it and doesn’t have too much then it’s more than likely fine.

  • I don’t think there’s anything wrong with tea. Coffee has caffeine so I wouldn’t let my child drink that. Nothing better than a nice hot cuppa ;)

  • I don’t remember but I have been told that my Poppy used to put tea in my bottle when I was toddling, he seemed to think there was nothing better than a cuppa.

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