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Milk and sugar?


When is the right time to introduce your children to tea? Or coffee for that matter?

It’s a discussion that I never realised could get so heated, until it did just that. Suddenly drinking a cup of tea became a sign of bad parenting. The debate on what age your child should be when they try their first cup of tea is apparently a highly emotive one. (I found this out by accident. The hard way.)

I have a friend whose daughter has been drinking tea since she was able to hold a cup – about age 3. Other friends allow their kids a cuppa with their breakfast from age 5. Over the winter my niece and nephew, 10 and 8, were knocking back a warming cup of milky tea after school.

Hearing a child walk into a kitchen and ask for a cup of tea, please, sounded extremely odd to me at first. It just wasn’t something that I had thought of as a child’s drink. What about the caffeine? Aren’t you feeding your children a drug?

Following some discussion, I was persuaded though. After all, if you allow your children to drown themselves in coke, or caffeine filled energy drinks (somehow cunningly considered to be healthy because of their links to a sporty lifestyle)  a cup of tea doesn’t seem quite so bad.

A friend then brought up another point that had not occurred to me. ‘Being able to drink a cup of coffee or tea,’ she said, ‘is a social skill. After all, you don’t go round to a friends house for a glass of squash or meet up for a gossip over a refreshing bottle of orange juice.’

So when do you start training your children in these social skills? A cup of tea for an eight year old, maybe. But should you be giving them coffee at ten. An expresso at twelve? Younger? Imagine, if you will, a room full of caffeine high toddlers. Shudder.

I am a coffee lover. There are days when I drink nothing else all day and some days I just like my kick start in the morning. One of my favourite coffee moments is sitting back in my freshly cleaned and tidy study, in my huge squishy armchair surrounded by my most read books. The sun is shining through the window, I have my latest read, some silence and a fresh cup. Smell that aroma. Delicious.

So, here I am at The Coffee Quiz. I was invited to take part by Maddie Cochere although the quiz originated with Ben Trube. I do like a good chat (especially about myself) so  please pick up and carry on with the quiz.


Time for a coffee break!

1) How many cups of coffee per day? On average, probably 4. Sometimes more, sometimes less.

2) What is your favorite caffeine delivery system? I have a Nespresso machine at home which can warm up and serve the perfect taste in just a minute or two. When out and about, I love a Starbucks caramel macchiato, although generally I am not sure that counts since it’s far too sweet to taste the actual coffee. I’m not a fizzy drink lover, so it’s pretty much straight coffee all the way. (Yes, I do like a cup of tea on occasion. Usually when hungover!)

3) What was your best cup of coffee? On a school trip as a teenager, camping and dirty, sitting in McD’s and having a hot coffee for the first time in a week. It probably wasn’t that great, but at the time it was pure gold.

4) What was your worst cup of coffee? Usually anything in a cafe.

5) What does your favorite mug say? ‘I usually drink Champagne.’

6) How do you take your coffee? Black, one sugar.

7) When was your first cup? I can’t think how old I was, around 14 I think. Sitting with my mum in the kitchen one weekend.

8) Have you ever gone on a coffee date? I can’t think of one. Perhaps I will make that my aim for the year – I’ll take Mr G on a date.


So, who is going to join me in my coffee break? Anka, Bodysoluble, Arnold, Dianne, come and have a drink with me. Jo, I know you are always up for a chat.




Author: Piper George

22 thoughts on “Milk and sugar?

  1. Coffee is a habit for coffee lovers.i love my coffee black and my fav mug is snoopy !

  2. I liked your approach to this, Piper. I never gave a thought to if children should have coffee or tea or not. Our son didn’t like the taste of coffee, but I used to make cups of hot tea and sugar for him when he had a cold or was sick – and he was pretty young. One summer when he was about eight years old, I made him come inside from playing for about an hour every afternoon, and we had tea and cookies and chatted about whatever he wanted. It was pretty cool. As an adult, he only drinks coffee on occasion.

    I liked your answers to the quiz. … Poor Glenno. I guess his link is really broken. 😉 I’ll send him an email if you don’t know where he is.

    • After writing this some friends reminded me that the reason children shouldn’t drink tea is because it inhibits their absorption of iron. Whether that’s due to the caffeine or something else I am not sure. Mine haven’t asked to try it yet so I will leave that decision to when they do.

      The link Arnold (Glenno) posted did work, but now that is also broken. 😦

  3. Thanks for the tag. I haven’t written my post yet but I will get there! Love what’s written on your mug – that is very you 🙂
    I obviously wasn’t taught the correct social skills as a child as I do still go to friends and ask for a soft drink. I don’t like tea and only drink one cup of coffee a day. I wouldn’t dream of giving my children tea or coffee but I know lots of children who do drink them (even one who has a cup of coffee every morning at the tender age of 5). I know lots of babies who are given tea in their bottles as it was the done thing in my area years ago. Each to their own I suppose.

  4. Reblogged this on dontevenaskmyname's Blog.

  5. There is only one right time to intoduce children to tea and coffee, when they are old enough to make one for themselves, and of course one for you.. Not sure if this is supposed to be here or on my post, well whatever..
    Time for a coffee break!

    1) How many cups of coffee per day?
    At work, just keep them rolling, at home, probably 3~4

    2) What is your favorite caffeine delivery system?
    Sad to say, Instant is my favourite.. In America this is called coffee crystals I think..

    3) What was your best cup of coffee?
    The first one of the day 😀

    4) What was your worst cup of coffee?
    Same as Piper, usually anything in a cafe, unless its hot, which is rare

    5) What does your favorite mug say?
    It does not say anything but has a pleasing abstract landscape with willow trees

    6) How do you take your coffee?
    White, no sugar

    7) When was your first cup?
    About 10, when I was old enough to make it 😀

    8) Have you ever gone on a coffee date?

  6. I love what’s written on your favorite mug – very clever and cute! 😉

    I saw my niece order her toddler a babychinno one day in a coffee shop and thought – wow they start them young these days!

    I have two cups in the morning to get the motor running (I don’t think I could survive without them) and I’ve promised myself that once the house is finished, I’m going to invest in a Nespresso machine! 😀

    • A babychinno? Never heard of that. It sounds wrong.
      I love my Nespresso – in fact I am on my 2nd, as I wore the last one out 🙂 It lasted a long time though. When I first got it I wanted to try all the different flavour coffees and, being of little patience, had about 6 expressos in 90 minutes. I definitely felt the jitters then, even though I can normally have a single coffee and go straight to bed. 🙂 Apparently 6 is just too much.

  7. Hold my seat and the cup of coffee. I have to pick up the kids from school. Be back later so we can resume our chat. By the way, I like my coffee black no sugar and EXTRA hot!

  8. White, no sugar thanks 😀

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