Serving My Kid Chocolate Milk Doesn't Make Me a Bad Mom -- Really!
I agree that many kids don't like plain milk because they've never been expected to drink it. I remember lots of kids choosing flavored milk over white milk when I was teaching. The truth is, the strawberry milk served by our school was worse than the chocolate as far as calories and sugar. It really is as bad for kids as a soda. I think the fat, calories and sugar cancel out the benefits of the milk at that point. You may be able to shop around and find more nutritious brands though. As a picky eater myself, I do understand that some kids truly have trouble eating and drinking outside of their comfort zone, but that is no excuse for a diet of sugary drinks and Doritos. My mom always expected that I try a few bites of what she was serving for supper but often made a small amount for me that was a modified recipe. For example, if she was making a stir fry, she would hold out a little of the rice just for me instead of mixing it all in with the vegetables. I had to eat a little of the meat and veggies, but my main course was the plain rice. If she made beans and cornbread, I could just have the cornbread and a glass of milk. She rarely put out a lot of effort and always expected me to try foods
I'm inclined to agree a bit with you.
My older son drinks milk no problem, but he does get chocolate milk every once in a while as a treat.
If your child doesn't drink milk adding a tiny bit of flavor isn't going to hurt.
I hate milk. With a passion. But, osteoporosis runs in the family so I work hard to get calcium in my daily diet. Yogurt, cheese, but no milk. Luckily, my kids like milk, but one of them is not so fond so I provide chocolate milk. It's better than stuffing him with cheese so he gets constipated and he's not a yogurt fan. If he gets chocolate milk, I watch where I'm giving him sugar the rest of the day. If someone told me I couldn't give him it, I'd have an issue. My child, my parenting. Other people judging is ridiculous when there's so many bigger things to worry about.
Life is all about balance.