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Soda CAN affect your child’s behavior and mood!

One day when my daughter was just under 2 years old, my husband had picked her up from the babysitter’s house a couple hours before I got home from work. I arrived at home and found her running around like crazy in a big circle which went through our kitchen and around through the living room. At first I didn’t think much of it, but when she didn’t stop…..I thought to myself “what is going on here, she never acts like this”??

My husband was stumped also and mentioned she started doing it a little while ago and he didn’t know why either. He then mentioned, in casual conversation, that they had stopped at McDonald’s on the way home and he treated her to her own small child-size soda. I said “Well, THAT’s what happened…. OMG….she’s NEVER had a soda before and you let her have an entire child-size one to herself??!!” So, needless to say, that NEVER happened again. Our kids never got a soda for probably the first 7 or 8 years of their life and after that it was a treat to get even a 1/4 of a cup on a rare occasion.  Even as young teens, they knew soda was NOT something they got every day. We allowed them to have one, perhaps once a week, and they always had to ask first….and it was limited to a non-cola type, like Sprite.  Today they are adults, and on their own, they choose to not drink it on a regular basis, understanding the ill-effects it can have on their health, as well.  And as we’ve learned from a previous post, the sugar in soda depletes the B vitamins in your body which then causes you to be grumpy, impatient, moody and crave sweets!  The start of a vicious cycle!

We also had a neighbor who had a son a few years older than my daughter. At the time, her son was about 5 years old and her biggest issue with him was he would just not go to bed at night! He would spend the last hour before bed jumping around, running around, not being able to sit still. And she could never get him to even settle down long enough to agree to lay in bed for awhile to try and fall asleep. One evening I happen to stop over just after dinner time and noticed he was drinking a can of soda.  She made the comment that they allowed him one soda every evening with his dinner.  For gently, I mentioned that this was most likely the reason why he was so hyper in the evenings and couldn’t settle down to sleep. I could feel, “the wall come up between us” and she absolutely did not believe me. Wish I could tell you this story had a happy ending, but nope, she just kept it up and it was an issue for them for as long as I knew them!  How does the saying go??…..”You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make ’em drink”.  I did my best…….

 

Editor’s Note: The contents of this blog post are an expression of my own personal opinion and experiences, including any mention of Shaklee’s products, and none of the contents and/or claims herein are endorsed by the Shaklee Corporation.

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