“My mom offered my 5-year old a soda last weekend and my daughter said she preferred water,” she says proudly. “Moms should educate their kids about the harmful effects of excessive sugar consumption, colorants and additives, so that they will be able to make healthier choices on their own.” Sonia Campos, a Spanish Life Coach based in London and a mami of two—a 25-year-old female and a 10-year-old boy—says that the issue runs deeper: “It’s about eating a healthy diet in general. My eldest is a healthy woman,” Sonia says, “because I taught her how to eat healthily and not to drink chemicals. Because, that’s what soda is: a bunch of chemicals. My youngest drinks [sodas] only on occasion. He knows they’re not good for you.” Alexandra Llamas, a Mexican-born writer in Miami, FL, also defends moderation. Her children, 8 and 9, have learned to drink water with a slice of lemon most of the time, or soda when they go out to dinner. “[Sugary drinks] are just not an issue in our family. Being middle of the road has always worked for me as a mom,” Alexandra concludes. TIPS TO WEAN KIDS FROM SODA There is an interesting article by Pooja Mottl on the Huffington Post that gives readers a three-day program to reacquaint themselves with water. Sodas simply do not quench thirst, Mottl says in the article, and we do not need any of the ingredients in other beverages.