23 Feb '12, 8pm

Coffee for kids?: Parents weight in on whether or not young kids should be allowed to drink coffee.

Coffee for kids?: Parents weight in on whether or not young kids should be allowed to drink coffee.

Last week, MNN's food blogger Robin Shreeves shared the story about babyccinos , or coffee drinks for kids. Babyccinos have gotten a lot of press as of late, after a story in a New York newspaper about local parents ordering the drinks — some with shots of decaf espresso — for their kids at coffee shops. While the term "babyccinos" may be new, the concept is not. Parents were ordering their kids steamed milk with sugar even before Starbucks took over the planet. But adding the catchy name — not to mention the decaf espresso shots — has many parents worried that this new trend will push kids to start drinking coffee earlier. I asked Robin what she thought about babyccinos from a parent's point of view. Here's what she had to say: "... although babyccinos seem silly, is there really any difference — nutritionally and health-wise — between a decaf coffee with a bunch of steam...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/food/beverages/blogs/coffee-for-kids

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