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Do you give your child a drink with their meals?

I have always given my kids a drink (milk, water, etc) with their meals because I know I hate eating food without something to drink if its dry. My friend tells everybody to never give his 3 year old daughter any drink not even water with her meals because he wants her to eat everything on her plate and not just drink her water. I was just wondering if anyone else does that? I've always thought it better to give them a low calorie low sugar drink to help their food digest and to keep them from overeating, just like adult who drink a glass of water before a meal to keep from overeating.


Asked by Anonymous at 10:31 PM on Jan. 9, 2010 in Just for Fun

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Answers (16)
  • My kids either get a cup of milk or water with dinner. I couldn't imagine not having something to drink while I'm eating so my kids get something too.

    Answer by Juggalette0327 at 10:34 PM on Jan. 9, 2010

  • It depends on the meal. The majority of the time I have her eat most of her food before she gets milk, but if she asks she can have a small drink during. I don't want her to fill up on the drink instead of her food.

    Answer by lilmama2be at 10:34 PM on Jan. 9, 2010

  • With breakfast my son gets a cup of milk. He always drinks it all as well as eats all of his breakfast. For lunch and dinner, he gets water. If I notice him drinking more than eating, I just tell him to slow down and take bites. They NEED their liquids!

    Answer by RutterMama at 10:36 PM on Jan. 9, 2010

  • We always have drinks with our meals. The drinks are water, milk, or juice, not like beer or anything. he hehe

    Answer by Pnukey at 10:39 PM on Jan. 9, 2010

  • ALWAYS give them something to drink most of the time water with dinner and lunch at snack time juice or tea and breakfast milk..but i only give a half glass at a time, and have to eat a few bites b4 getting a refill. i feel sorry for that kid who doesnt get drinks with meals

    Answer by gothmama91 at 10:41 PM on Jan. 9, 2010

  • My kis would rather drink than eat as well. When they are half way done with there meal they get a small drink and more when they are finished. My kids, my sis's kids, my mom and sis are the type to fill on liquids, so denying them some drinking until some of the food is gone isn't done out of punishment or torture but instead to insure they get all the nutrients their growing bodies need. I think I am the only one in my clan that can drink tons and never feel full or heavy! I wish I could fill on liquids but we all have our down falls!!!!

    Answer by ladyd6280 at 10:41 PM on Jan. 9, 2010

  • I always give my daughter her drink after she finishes eating

    Answer by drs1206 at 10:44 PM on Jan. 9, 2010

  • When a toddler drinks milk or juice in between meals, (and they all do) they would rather pass up a meal for more play time. They think, "Why eat, when drinking is so much faster?" Some kids need restrictions on drinking, but just until their meal is finished. My sis's kids would drink their milk and then they were done. So they were NOT getting their proper nutrition just as ladyd6280 said. So she (sis) didn't allow them drink until they had eaten, then they could drink all they wanted. She just got tired of them not eating their food and it was the only thing that worked. So try not to judge your friend. He has his reasons, and it probably has nothing to do with "punishment".

    Answer by doodlebopfan at 11:01 PM on Jan. 9, 2010

  • We always have a drink, either water, juice, or milk.. When we eat out, which isn't very often, they get to have a soda.. It's a special treat to get to go out to eat, so we let them have a special drink.

    Answer by MrsLeftlane at 11:16 PM on Jan. 9, 2010

  • if that ain't the stupidest thing i ever heard! GL! give your kid something to drink with their food! what if the kid chokes? hello? what the crap is wrong with people these days?

    Answer by mandielynn23 at 11:30 PM on Jan. 9, 2010