Yesterday, I wrote about how I thought Brad Pitt was setting a bad example by stating that he sometimes instructs his kids to drink Coca-Cola to help them keep up with the demands of their busy lives. It seemed obvious to me: soda is terrible for growing children, and doling out stimulants in an effort to get them through what seems like a crushing schedule seemed irresponsible. But apparently, the cheese stands alone–because nearly every commenter rushed to Brad’s defense.
Man readers took offense to our critical look at his statement (which, for the record, wasn’t an evaluation of him as a parent, but rather skepticism over his advocating soda). Some noted that it was a “non-story,” and many explained that sometimes, they, too, allow their children to have soda.
Of course, we’d probably be hard-pressed to find a kid who never eats junk food. I grew up in a household where we were frequently left to our own devices and often ate whatever we could find for breakfast—and I’m a normal, well-adjusted adult now. I’m not up in arms over parents allowing their kids to eat junk food every once in awhile; what really concerned me was the idea that Brad seems to imply that caffeine (which is a stimulant that stunts growth) and sugar (which is terrible for the teeth, bones, and general organ function) are useful tools for getting his brood of six to conform to his crazy, hectic schedule
But then, maybe I was incorrect. At least, according to the vehement comments we received I was. If it means that the children get to travel and have enriching experiences, is it acceptable to occasionally allow them to have something that, in very small qualities, probably isn’t too harmful?
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