Do you drink soda?
Just a week behind, I finally got around to reading an article in the NYT that considers treating soda like tobacco - through taxes, warning labels, and big public awareness campaigns to discourage consumption. Also recalling a recent (California) study that linked soda consumption to obesity, it made me consider my own soda consumption, both as a child growing up and now as a parent.
Growing up, soda was the drink of choice in the household once my brothers and I were in the elementary years. My parents drank a lot of soda. We, the children, we allowed to drink Sprite but weren't allowed to drink Coke. "It has caffeine; it's bad for you!" It was my body-image issues that led to counting every calorie when I was a certain age, which is when I stopped drinking soda. All the empty calories! In my adulthood, I drank diet soda from time-to-time. I recall having a Diet Coke every afternoon during my second pregnancy.
Our girls have rarely had soda. There are some birthday parties where soda may be the only option, and - while I have suggested they try it - they have never liked the stuff. Last fall, the family gifted me a carbonator for my birthday, to fuel my love for soda water, and - as a special treat - we have also made some cherry-flavored (cherry extract, sugar, water, and some CO2) soda for the kids. But, even that, they don't so much love. Sometimes they girls will tell me, coming home from playdates, that their friends offered them soda with their snacks. All in all, though, we don't seem to be big soda drinkers. We don't buy the stuff.
Do you drink soda? How much? A serving or two a day? Maybe once in a while when you go out? Maybe never? How about the kids? When did they first have soda? Do they like it and ask for it?