When do you think your child is old enough to drink? I agree with those who say 18 but I have some qualifiers. How about you? What age, what qualifiers?
Sen. Greg Brophy of Colorado is introducing a bill to allow parents to buy drinks for their 18+ children when the family is dining out. He and his wife recently took their daughter to dinner to celebrate her 20th birthday, and she couldn’t have a drink with them. I approve.
Why? Such a bill allows parents to be the ones introducing the proper use of alcohol. Too often that education starts with peers who push getting drunk as fast as possible and who see nothing wrong with being smashed. Instead of the egging on of peers, parents can talk and reinforce the Seven Safe Drinking Rules. Remember them? Here they are again:
PARENTING ADVICE ABOUT INTRODUCING ALCOHOL TO YOUR CHILDREN
Tip one: Mind you own manners when it comes to drinking.
Tip two: Talk about the rules.
Tip three: Worry if others in the family have a drinking or drugging problem. Genes play a strong role in addiction. Also if there are dedicated teetotalers in the family, that might signal a reaction to another family member’s drinking problem.
Tip four: Worry if romance seems to be developing between your child and alcohol. Signs of a love affair with alcohol: wants more and more opportunities to drink. Drains drinks quickly. Comes in smelling of booze or mouthwash. Comes in tipsy more than once – once is a learning curve; twice signals a problem.
Parenting is hard work and the best of parents cannot always keep a child from becoming a problem drinker. See this earlier post of mine to for more tips or buy my E – book When Good Kids Drink and Drug; it is now available at the introductory price of $0.99.
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