Posted by Barack Levin on 27th April 2010
We went with the kids to a Mexican restaurant the other day. While I am not a big fan of Mexican food (nothing personal, I just think it is very heavy and I am not into that kind of food), my wife loves it and since she has the last word in our house, you can already guess that I had no options. The Mexican restaurant she likes has an outdoor seating and the weather just called out for us to take advantage of it and enjoy ourselves eating in the beautiful late hours of the day.
We loaded the kids and headed to the restaurant. The wait was not too bad. We waited for about 20 minutes. In that time, we enjoyed the live Mariachi band playing some of our favorite songs. As we got seated, the waiter approached us with our drink orders. Usually, we all get water and if we order the kids meal they also get some juice. On that specific night, for whatever reason, I was craving for Sprite and ordered one for myself. And this you need to know about our family’s drinking habits. We do not have in our house any carbonated drinks. None. Zero. Zilch. We all drink water, milk and on occasion watered down juice. Since my kids are still very young (4 and 6), they have never tasted these types of beverages in our house and we try to educate them that these drinks, while sometimes are good for adults, are not for kids and they understand it.
As I was getting my drink, my kids went ahead and asked what it was. I told them it was Sprite and my son said: “ooh, I love Sprite”. His comment caught me by surprise since according to what I know, he should not know even the name of this drink. I just had to ask:” How do you know what it is?” and his answer was very surprising. “We had a party at school and they gave us some”. My wife and I stared back at him with wide open eyes, hardly believing what we just heard. We repeated our mantra that such drinks are not for young kids, but later on that night we talked about this very subject.
Why would school serve such drinks voluntarily to kids? Don’t they know what’s in them? Don’t they know they have no added nutritional value? Don’t they think it is the school’s role to help parents educate their kids to eat healthy? Where is the responsibility here?
I am still contemplating about it, but I think that eventually I will send a note to school about it to have them think it over.