Okay we’re about to wade into a prickly debate here on Good Enough Mother.
A new study shows that more than 700,000 children aged between 12 and 14 are drinking alcohol and nearly a quarter of them are getting it from a parent or other close adult in their life!
Before I was a parent, I heard about this happening, and the reason given by many parents is along the lines of, “well, I’d rather they drink here at home where I know where they are instead of out on the streets.” Oh, brother!
Okay, first of underage drinking is against the law, let’s start there. You, being the cool parent you are, allow your kid to host a party and alcohol is served. If the party gets busted because kids are lying out in your yard, puking their guys out, guess who gets hauled off in cuffs? But there are also addiction issues as well. As this study points out, children who drink early are more likely to develop problems with alcohol than those who do not.
Look, I am not naive but I think communication is key. How about drawing the line in the sand and explaining that you and your family will follow the law and you will not support underage drinking. How about following through on steep consequences if your child does? I don’t know… Maybe I’m crazy!
So here’s today’s GEM Debate… would you allow your teenager to drink in your home?
What are your rules when it comes to giving alcohol to your kids? And at what age do you think kids should be able to drink?
Start commenting everyone!