When JP first started table foods, I was adamant about not giving him juice. Other Moms talked about juice as some sort of gateway drug, to the point of making me fearful of it. I was determined to make sure he ate his vegetables, experienced a taste for spices and eat an overall well balanced diet.
I had even read about the arsenic scare a few years back. I was convinced that one sip of the apple concoction would send my kid into hyperdrive while his baby teeth fell out. I thought keeping our home juice free would win me Mommy points (whoever gives those out).
But things have changed…we became a (watered down) juice house.
Yes, I let me kid drink juice when he wants it. Funny thing- he didn’t become addicted, his teeth are intact and my already active child didn’t go into crazy mode. Looking back on it, I completely overreacted as a new Mom.
My husband and I decided to pick our battles and juice wasn’t worth it. I completely respect Moms who withhold it and I’d never give another child juice who wasn’t allowed, but it’s not an issue in our home.
JP still drinks far more milk and water than juice. In fact, I don’t think he’s addicted to juice at all because we let him have it. My kid wants the things he can’t have far more.
I used to feel some guilt about letting JP indulge his taste for juice, but I’m saving my energy for bigger issues. It doesn’t mean he’s less healthy or makes me a bad Mom. It actually feels good to know that I won’t argue with him over something so silly.
I’ve let go of the Mom-guilt with this one. It’s just not worth it in our home.