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.