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Old Yesterday, 08:25 AM
 
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My parents would not let me drink coffee until I was 14 arguing that it would stunt my growth. I do not think that it worked very well.

Personally, I do not think that most young children would drink it even if it was offered due to bitterness. There will be outliers as I have seen several 4 year olds who who will eat a lemon like it is an apple.
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Old Yesterday, 09:03 AM
 
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Lol! I would have waited until the kids were older like teenagers, but I had a father in law who introduced the kids very young like 2 and 3. I was talking with another parent in elementary school. Coffee was considered helpful for asthma. Her kids were drinking it too.

Soft drinks were a treat when I was a kid and I always shared a can with siblings. My husband would put it in my kids sippy cups and bottles. I got to where I had a rule where they could only have a cup a day and I watered it down with ice.
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Old Yesterday, 09:10 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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If a kid drinks energy drinks then prohibiting coffee is kind of a moot point.
I started my coffee habit in middle school, my coffee was as much milk as coffee, and I'm of two minds about that. With the milk and sugar it's a sweeter, more tolerable beverage and I love it. Without milk I wouldn't drink it. I sometimes wonder if I wouldn't have been better off if my parents had only allowed me to try it without milk, thus freeing me from a lifelong 'addiction' to it.
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Old Yesterday, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Denver CO
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My 15 year old son has known for a long time that I prefer for him to not have caffeine, or at least only in very small quantities like the amounts found in chocolate or cocoa. I don't drink coffee although I do like tea, but he isn't interested in that. He has soda occassionally but chooses root beer and Sprite and other flavors without caffeine. He even looked online to see if Coke flavored Slurpees have caffeine. It does but a small amount, and he always mixed several different flavors in his slurpee so we decided that the small amount was acceptable.

I wouldn't presume to tell another family how to raise their kids but I don't really see a lot of benefit to young children consuming relatively large amounts of caffeine.
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Old Yesterday, 11:04 AM
 
Location: In a vehicle.
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My wife prohibits my 13 year old to drink coffee, and thinks coffee should be for college students. Googled answer says 14 might be appropriate.

What is your view?
I was a camp counselor for the sixth grade outdoor school. One kid asked me if I wanted coffee. I said sure, he went and came back after the lunch lady nearly ripped him in half for wanting coffee.... I then told her I had been asked...She gave me a death stare and said "YOU are supposed to get that!"

I was 2nd year high school.....16

I did have a nephew who Mom would give very diluted coffee more creamer and sugar than coffee...he was about 5....
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Old Yesterday, 11:07 AM
 
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It's amusing to me that some parents wouldn't bat an eyelash at their kid slurping down a supersized coke, but somehow feel that a cup of coffee is bad for them.
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Old Yesterday, 11:09 AM
 
Location: The South
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My wife prohibits my 13 year old to drink coffee, and thinks coffee should be for college students. Googled answer says 14 might be appropriate.

What is your view?
I started at around 4 and I have made it to 82. I no longer drink it past about 5 pm, instead I have a shot of bourbon and ice.
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Old Yesterday, 11:18 AM
 
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The "Steps" never cared for coffee when they were growing up...I started drinking it when I was 17.
Personally, I would not allow a young child to drink coffee, energy drinks, colas that contain caffeine. I see a lot of youngsters drinking this stuff, and the parents are absolutely baffled that Junior is bouncing off the walls, misbehaving, and refusing to listen to them...
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Old Yesterday, 11:29 AM
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Location: Eureka CA
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Why should they EVER start drinking coffee? I quit about ten years ago after wasting thousands of dollars on coffee.
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Old Yesterday, 11:30 AM
 
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26. The same age they come off their parents health insurance.
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