Saturday, August 2, 2008

The Kid Sip

Kids sipping beer. Most of us at one time or another had a sip of our dads beer. I know I did and I remember not liking it a whole lot. Growing up in my house my brother and I were never told that alcohol was bad and both my parents drank on a regular basis. When I was in high school about it which meant don't drink and drive and tell us where you are. They knew I was going to experiment and never once got mad at me for drinking while underage.

Fast forward 15 years later and I have a two year old whom I allow to have sips of the beers that I drink. Well, at least I used to until she stopped liking beer. Is this a bad thing? Am I "endangering" my child or committing "child abuse" as was said in one article( I read today? To me I was just allowing my kid to have a sip of beer. Who cares? It won't hurt her any and I never allow her to have more than one sip. And when I say "sip" I mean the smallest sip possible. To me I would like my child to grow up understanding that alcohol is not a bad thing if consumed responsibly. If I hide the liquor and tell her that she can never drink alcohol until she turns what the government thinks is a responsible age is she going to listen? Did I? Did you? Most likely you didn't. I know I didn't.

Well, anyway, I'm curious to know what everyone thinks about this subject. I'm going to post a poll on the site asking readers opinions. Let me know what you think.

Stay Buddhalicious!

The Beerbuddha

Edit: Poll Results

Yes: 11

No: 1

Not Sure: 2

1 comment:

Richard said...

My middle brother is 11 and he always gets a taste of whatever I am drinking. As our dad puts it, "you're fine till you puke, then you are on your own."