Today my son came home from his summer bible study church and he had a blast. It was water day and all the kids went swimming and played with water. I’m sure they had squirt guns, slides, etc. AND they had these really yummy things called “Root BOB Floats”……..*record scratches…..HOLD THE FORT!!!….WTF?*
Me: You mean root beer floats?
6 year old: I think so.
Me: They gave you soda?
6 year old: No, not soda mommy. Root beer floats. They had ice cream in them, not soda.
Me: What do you think Root beer is? That’s soda.
6 year old: No, it’s not.
Me: Yes, it is.
6 year old: No, it’s not.
Me: Don’t argue with mommy. Come to the computer with me and I’m going to show you what root beer is. It’s soda.
6 year old: Ohhhhh, they gave me soda? Uh oh.
Me: Yeah, uh oh is right.
6 year old: Are you mad at me mommy?
Me: No, I’m mad at them. You had no idea.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that soda is NOT an appropriate thing you should be feeding 6-year-olds. And before you say to me that I should have told the church about my son’s “diet restrictions” I’m going to tell you that my son has no diet restrictions. But soda is not something that a responsible adult should be feeding children THAT ARE NOT THEIR OWN. If you want to feed your 6 year old soda, that is your decision, but don’t feed it to other children without permission. That is not a “diet restriction” that is common sense.
Soda is not food. It has no nutritional value whatsoever. In fact, even Todd Putnam, an ex Coke executive has now seen the light about soda and is calling out his old industry for their marketing practices. I myself call soda “the devil” because I don’t think it has any redeemable qualities to it. Everyone around me knows that. In fact, one of the first things we ask of Mamavation Moms is they drop the soda. Even the diet soda. In fact, diet soda will make you GAIN weight not lose it. People are usually stunned when they hear that because the whole reason they switched was to lose weight. That says a lot when you think about how much sugar regular soda has in it…about the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar. And over the period of a year, if you drank one can of soda per day you could gain up to 18 lbs. Shocking.
About 10 years ago, I was on a 4-6 diet coke per day kinda diet. I’ve never denied this. I was one of their biggest fans. And boy was I overweight. My life story is basically like the story of Saul turning to Paul in the new testament when it comes to soda and fast food. It used to be a BIG part of my life and now it is not. In fact, I spend most of my time dealing with it’s after effects in the lives of people I truly love…all of you. Obesity…I’m not talking people who have a little bit of padding, I’m talking about people who are on the precipice of Type 2 Diabetes and have Sleep Apnea. That is the reality of some of my closest friends and other people that I care about online. I’m fighting the after effects of soda in social media every day.
So back to my point, I called the Director of church activities at this church and gave her a piece of my mind. A big piece. I’m very nice and easy going…UNTIL you feed my child soda without my permission…then I’m not nice anymore. I’m not even upset about ice cream and cookies because most of the time I can deal with things like that outside the home…but with soda, you’ve crossed a line. That was my son’s first drop of soda…and it was given to him AT CHURCH of all places. She told me that the curriculum, including all snacks, was part of a program followed by churches all over the country called VBS SKY Group. Today, which is day 3 of the SKY program, they were recommended to give the children “high flying floats” i.e. Root Beer floats. So basically 6 year olds all across the country were given soda. So I went on Facebook to bitch, because that helps keep me stay sane at times like this, and I learned that there were quite a few churches out there that had enough wits about them to avoid giving their children soda. Hmmm…I’m thinking if there are churches out there avoiding that snack…it might be better to avoid it completely next year. Ya think?
I would like VBS to stop suggesting soda as a snack to churches all over the United States. I know it was a root beer float and some people are going to say I’m a nut for getting so bent out of shape, but I’m not the only mother that would have been upset by this. And if you don’t believe me, let’s do an experiment. All the churches that fed their children soda today should email all the parents to let them know that they were given root beer without parental notification…and just see what happens afterward…..or maybe not because the outcome to that MIGHT be a bit scary.
Soda kinda IS a bad word now. And just like the big bad tobacco companies…soda is on the outs. Get with the program.
What Would Jesus Do? Probably NOT drink lots of soda….