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It's Nice That We All Agree Soda is a Treat But Now What Are We Going to Do?

October 12th, 2007 at 10:08 pm

The last blog on soda pop being a treat churned up a bunch of interesting comments. Most people agree that there's too much pop drinking going on! But if we all agree, then what can we do about our kids and their expectations?

I think one of the most important ways to curb the "entitlement" mentality is to create a spending plan (not a budget, these are two different things; budgets never work) and put it on the fridge. My spouse and I use it to control children's whining. It's wonderful. When they think they need something, we just point to the plan, which clearly outlines what's coming in and exactly what's going out (and which spouse is responsible for what). The silence is deafening then. The teenagers all have jobs. Numbers do not lie.

5 Responses to “It's Nice That We All Agree Soda is a Treat But Now What Are We Going to Do?”

  1. miclason Says:

    LOL! I was raised on soda...it was so bad, the guys from the soda company sold to my mom directly...and they gave her the distributor discount! ....when money was tight mom "rationed" it to "only" two per person per day...we now only have it on the weekends...we buy a 2 liter and that's it...if it's gone in one meal, it's gone...if it lasts the whole weekend, even better!...Ale is more partial to fruit juice (thank God!)

  2. denisentexas Says:

    My kids are grown and don't drink much of the stuff at all, I don't think. So, there's not much for me to do-I did my job already. Wink

  3. princessperky Says:

    I think the 'numbers on the fridge is wonderful...but I avoid pop for the health, not the cost (though cost is a nice benefit)

    I spend a lot of time talking to the kids about sugar and fake additives...my son actually gets hives from some food colorings so he knows non natural may be bad.

    And this morning he was reading the back of a juice container (kid is worse than momma about having to have something to read!) and he called out "wow one thing of juice has 23 grams of sugar!" I told him that is why we try not to drink to much.

    So I figure if he still turns out a pop drinker when he is older it wont be from lack of knowledge about the health troubles.

  4. SicilyYoder Says:

    My nephew guzzled Mountain Dew- but I work for Gatorade, who is owned by Pepsi ( Gatorade is one of my clients.)

  5. baselle Says:

    Dunno. Stop buying soda? And when the kids whine about it, laugh manically? That's what my parents did.

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