Tea and Children
For those of us who have/take care of/work with kids, do you give them tea? Just herbals? Decaf true tea? Sweetened? Share stories of the children in your life that enjoy tea as much as you do.
I teach fifth graders at my church. Last winter, to keep a discussion activity from lagging too much, the girls and I had an impromptu tea party to set the “just-us-girls” atmosphere. I brought bagged peppermint, chamomile, and I think maybe some of Bigelow’s Apple Cider holiday herbal. It was so much fun to watch them experiment with steeping and dunking! I’m looking forward to doing the same with my new crop of kids soon.
My 10 year old doesn’t drink hot tea, but he will drink sweet iced tea if his Grandma makes it. He smelled my Sugar Cookie Sleigh ride one time and thought it might taste good so I made him some, added sugar and milk, but he didn’t like it. The strawberry vanilla tea from Republic of Tea seems to be poplular. Might try that one day.
I didn’t drink any hot tea as a kid or even teenager. I loved cappuccino and latte type drinks but never black coffee either. Then suddenly my tastes matured and when I started drinking black coffee (didn’t give up my fancy beverages), hot tea followed. But I think it might have been a texture thing as well. To this day I can’t stomach hot chocolate if it’s not made w/ milk unless it’s made w/ coffee or tea- no plain water. And I don’t like milk in my tea because to me it tastes like waterery tea flavored milk. I put milk in my chai but it has to be AT LEAST 1:1 water to milk ratio. I always order my dirty chai lattes @ SBUX sans water (w/ chai bags, not concentrate).
My mom made us hot tea as kids as far back as I can remember, bagged, of course, and mostly blacks, flavored blacks, and a few herbals.
Glad to see a person who grew up drinking hot true tea!:)
I just talked to a good friend of mine who tought learning disabled 5th graders. She used to grow her own mint and bring it in to make her students hot herbal tea while they worked on their reading. Is anyone else thinking Awww!? lol:)
The tea house my husband and I go to does tea parties for little girls and they always seem to wreck the place! It makes me crazy. sigh
I grew up drinking english breakfast teas with milk and sugar thanks to my English grandmother. I remember drinking tea as young as 4. As someone with ADHD the caffeine has always had a calming effect on me and my parents used to use coke cola to calm me down so the caffeine wasn’t an issue.
My daughter’s day care used to give the kids hot mint tea with lots of sugar on very cold days. She’s now a teenager, and her tastes have changed somewhat, she still likes some herbals, and most blacks (preferably with milk). Sharing a cuppa is one of our favourite traditions!
Giving day care aged kids sugar… eak! :)
Yeah, I know. One of the basic sandwiches kids get here for lunch is chocolate spread on bread. My kid was always upset that I was the only mom she knew who refused to give her that…pb&j is as far as I would go.
I used to argue with some moms who would make rock sugar for their kids as a snack! Ack.
@chana, a lil nutella on a pb & j sandwhich isn’t bad, especially on whole grain bread. Beats a candy bar or soda. Just add it to something that’s already healthy.
That would be ok, but the custom here is to slather nutella or the local equivalent on some bread, or fill up a pita, and that’s it, nothing else.
Start a new custom then, it’s all about balance:) PB Loco also has REALLY good flavored peanut butters. Or satisfy her chocolate fix w/ a decaf chocolate tea.:)
My mom started giving me black tea when I was only 3 or so, because the doctor said it might help with my asthma. She made it weak, with extra milk. I remember coming down the stairs at 9 to watch Winnie the Pooh and drink tea from a bottle… Maybe that’s part why I love it so much now.
A lady at my church has asthma, I’ll have to tell her that:)
My teenager says he’d LIKE to drink tea, but he wants one that “tastes, not aftertastes” (his quote). Wish I knew what to steer him toward. I think all that Mountain Dew has just burned off his taste buds.
He likes Mt. Dew, so maybe a citrus green tea? Maybe w/ some lemon and sweetened?
Does he mean bitterness or lingering flavor?
Not sure—-I think he’s hoping for a frontal flavor assault the minute it hits his mouth :o)
Aha, then he needs to try the Ginger Peach that I tried Monday. It’s by The Republic of Tea. VERY flavorful, not bitter, very refreshing!
Or pretty much any ginger tea:) He could always buy loose ginger root and then combine it w/ any tea he likes in whatever ratio he likes.:)