I’m a guest contributor today at The Homeschool Post!
I’m talking about my biggest homeschool challenge. Come and see me!
But, first…today’s topic!
Do you drink in front of your kids?
I have to admit that my opinions on this topic have gone through many different stages. I have been on both sides of extremes. There have been times that I’ve been very careful not to drink in front of them at all to, now, not being so paranoid. I will now openly have a drink or two in front of the kids.
I don’t want to completely shelter them, and I’d like them to learn you can drink responsibly as an adult. But, on the other hand I don’t want them to think that alcohol is something to be taken lightly.
It’s also something that I’m thinking more about now that I have a teenager in the home. My 7 year old honestly doesn’t pay any attention to me. He thinks that beer is for “dad”, and I’m not sure if he realizes mom likes a beer sometimes too.
But, my oldest? He’s almost 14 years old.
He sees me with a drink every now and then, and I wonder, is that OK? Will that promote underage drinking? Will he think I’m a big lush? Does he even pay attention to me? Sigh…
It’s just a whole new ball game raising teens, and drinking in front of the kids is a topic I go back and forth with. I’m curious to hear from other parents on this topic. What do you think is right? What boundaries do you set in home about drinking?
How do you handle the topic of underage drinking with your teen children?