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小孩泡茶,用茶香讓家充滿年味 Children Brewing Fragrant Tea for a New CNY Atmosphere

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文 By: 許玉蓮 Hooi Yoke Lien


賀新年的歌聲響起,聲聲恭喜恭喜催促著大家為新年佳節好好做一番准備,大家都忙得興高采烈。難得有一個悠長的新年假期,大家別忘了在這段團聚日子裡可要放下電腦、電子游戲、臉書等“低頭族”的習慣,抬起頭看看身邊的小孩和長者,不要錯過家人的笑臉。

過新年時在家裡布置一個適合小孩泡茶的茶席,小孩與大人就可以有更多機會面對面相聚,才不至於各人對著自己的電腦埋頭苦干而互不理睬。讓小孩也為家庭為大人做一點事情,藉此可培養小孩的歸屬感。由小孩泡茶、奉茶給長輩,這正是新年文化需要培養的一種禮儀。

有說小孩不能喝茶,到底為何不能似乎也不很清楚,總之覺得茶的內涵物對小孩有不利健康的影響。其實這種顧慮不必要,茶的成分內有茶多酚、維生素、糖類、咖啡堿、鋅、氟等,都是小孩成長需要的元素。問題關注點不是小孩能不能喝茶,而是如何喝茶才對。

有人說我有泡過茶讓一群小孩喝,發現他們在晚上就睡不著了。這樣做法是在沒有了解小孩的生活習性就進行,是不可靠的。讓小孩喝茶必要依循方法,比如像上述情形,有些小孩從來沒有喝過茶,就不能亂喝茶或大量的茶,要讓小孩以漸進式方法喝茶,比如泡得清甜清甜的茶水,初初先喝一小杯,慢慢變成一日二次,經過一段時日的習慣,可衝泡一瓶讓他們帶去學校飲用。

也不要讓小孩突然喝濃茶,比如按照成人喝茶時的普通濃度,對小孩而言可能也有點濃,我們需要將茶湯稀釋一半才讓小孩喝,這樣才比較合適,像我們也不讓他們喝太甜或吃太鹹,這是注意身體健康的基本態度。小孩飲茶要留心茶湯偏淡,溫喝即可。

另外要注意小孩體質,有身體燥熱的,愛吃煎炸食品者多“上火”的,消化能力較差的,可喝多一、兩杯。有體質較寒者,偶爾喝杯泡得清清甜甜的茶也無妨。注意別讓小孩喝太燙的茶,會破壞嘴巴的粘膜,降低味覺的敏感度。

只要掌握科學方法合理飲茶,小孩喝茶與成人喝茶都是一樣能帶來有效的功能比如:強壯牙齒、促進消化、預防電腦的輻射及防止肥胖等。尤其是在新年期間,大家會在不知不覺中享受太多美食,所以更加的需要布置一個茶席在家裡,隨時泡茶請大家喝。


As we hear Chinese New Year songs everywhere, the gong xi gong xi greetings are as if reminding us to prepare for the new year celebration. And of course, we are more than happy to be busy for the preparation. The long vacation for Chinese New Year celebration is hard to come by; please treasure it and get rid of our laptops and computer games and smart phones. When we look around, we will be greeted by the lovely smile of our family members.

During this new year, arrange a tea corner which is equipped with tea brewing tools. It allows our children to make tea, and both children and adults will enjoy the gathering to chat over a pot of hot tea. Family ties bind us together; nobody would be happy to find their family reunion distracted by gadgets.

To tackle such distraction, it is a good idea if we teach our children to make and serve tea for the elders. Other than an etiquette of Chinese new year celebration, tea-serving ceremony also nurtures our children a sense of belonging to the family because they are assigned the task to do something meaningful for the elders.

Although some thought that children shouldn't drink tea, the concern that tea ingredients are harmful to children's health is indeed unnecessary. In fact, their growth needs the nutrients of tea, including polyphenol, vitamins, carbohydrate, caffeine, zinc, and fluorine. In other words, children drinking tea aren't a problem – it is only the way they drink it that matters.

Some friends said I had once served a group of kids tea and they suffered from insomnia that very night. That was a mistake caused by a lack of understanding of the kids' lifestyle. There is indeed a step-by-step approach. Firstly, let them try one small cup of refreshing tea a day. Secondly, slowly increase the daily intake to two cups. As they get used to it, give them a bottle of tea to school.

Also, do not let our kids drink dense tea, which adults enjoy very much – it is too strong for them. We should dilute it by doubling the water portion. Similar to our principle to prohibit our kids from consuming food of excessive sugar and salt, warm and mild tea is always the kids' best choice.

Please pay attention to our kids' health condition as well. An additional cup or two is good for those whose body condition is fiery, and gluttons who love deep-fried food. Tea is also good for those who suffer from poor digestion.

As for those whose body condition is cold, sipping a cup of refreshing tea once and a while causes no harm. Also, children shouldn't drink boiling tea, for the heat would affect the sense of taste buds.

As long as we understand science and drink tea in a proper way, the benefits of tea cut across all age groups. It strengthens teeth, enhances digestion, protects us against computer radiation, and controls weight.

Quite a good news to welcome the new year as we usually indulge ourselves with too much good food – which is why we need to decorate our tea corner nicely to enjoy tea together.

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