Craig and I drink in moderation in front of our kids.
It seems to me that there are two schools of thought on this topic, those who do and those who don’t drink in front of their children.
Either way, it’s really just about setting an example, if you really think about it. Right?
Those who opt not to drink in front of their children argue that it is unseemly and a bad influence on them, and that they don’t want to glamorize drinking.
Then there are those who, like myself, think that responsible drinking can help to foster a healthy attitude towards alcohol, as children learn about moderation and responsible behavior.
I grew up in a home where drinking wasn’t “allowed” until we were eighteen and then it was only on holidays and it was something revolting like white wine mixed with ginger ale.
I did, however, drink regularly with my friends in my later high school years. Regrettably, I have far too many (very hazy) memories of getting drunk, throwing up, acting irresponsibly, and even passing out a handful of times. Based on my experience, there goes the theory that if teens don’t see it, they won’t try it. There’s no way to say with certainty that if my mother enjoyed a glass of wine in the evening or a few beers on the weekend I would have handled myself differently, but I do wonder.
What I do know is that I want to prevent our kids from irresponsible underage drinking. The thought of Katie or Matthew drinking at a high school party and then getting into a car with someone unfit to drive sends me into a complete panic.
I’m curious and would really love to hear your thoughts. Which way do you see it? Is it black and white or are there shades of gray? Do you drink in front of your children? Did your parents drink in front of you?