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Old 01-14-2012, 07:44 AM   #1
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Do your under age kids drink w/you at home?

My dad was born in Munchen and I was introduced to beer at a young age. I could get sips from his glass anytime he had one. Never saw him drunk. Other than a few teenage drunks I've never been drunk myself. Yea a little tipsy, but not to the point that I didn't know what was going on. Now I drink maybe 2 a day and after a hard hike maybe 3.

My two daughters got to taste both beer and wine as they grew up. Beer didn't do anything for them and they still don't do beer. We use to have wine tasting at home and my dad, wife and the two girls would taste different wine w/me. As far as I know neither of them overdue any alcohol.

One daughter's husband is on the wagon for over 10 years and there is no alcohol at there house. I worry bout my grand kids learning hot to drink to enjoy in and not just to get drunk.
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Old 01-14-2012, 07:49 AM   #2
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In countries/societies that don't put such a heavy stigma on drinking there seems to be less problems. At least that has been my experience in talking to people who grew up in them. Myself I occasionally got a sip from dad and he would take me to the bars to shoot pool or throw darts (obviously I didn't drink at them, lol) so it was never a big rebellion thing for me to drink when I was in my teens. I went to parties and drank and whatnot but seldom over indulged like most teens. Heck I was frequently the taxi even before the term designated driver became a catch phrase.
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Old 01-14-2012, 07:50 AM   #3
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When I have kids sure. Beer is good for everyone including children regardless of the "law"
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Old 01-14-2012, 07:55 AM   #4
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I must say absolutely not. The law states the drinking age is 21, so I will not authorize under age drinking.

I understand the argument behind revealing the mystery behind alcohol to kids, and after living in europe for quite a while I see both sides of the coin. However, the law is the, and as one who is tasked with enforcing laws it would show a lack of integrity to allow my children to break laws. If anything they are held to a higher standard.

 
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Old 01-14-2012, 12:49 PM   #5
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My 18 year old son was home from college this Xmas and he tried my homemade brew and liked it. I was really proud to have one of my beers with my son.
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I have only one kid below 18,& only one likes beer. My oldest is multi-handicapped,& doesn't like anything with bubbles. So I guess that's good.
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I must say absolutely not. The law states the drinking age is 21, so I will not authorize under age drinking.

I understand the argument behind revealing the mystery behind alcohol to kids, and after living in europe for quite a while I see both sides of the coin. However, the law is the, and as one who is tasked with enforcing laws it would show a lack of integrity to allow my children to break laws. If anything they are held to a higher standard.
I had sips of beer growing up. It isn't an integrity thing it is a moment shared with your kid. Most people use it as a teaching moment. Hell, if you were tasked with upholding the law because you live to a higher standard then you would be busting people for spitting on the sidewalks. Im not saying laws aren't good. Im just saying some laws cant be applied to every situation all the time. Sometimes someones best judgement has to be used. Most people have good judgement most of the time.

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Old 01-14-2012, 01:25 PM   #8
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Yeah, I have 7 siblings and we all got the occasional nip from Dad's bottle (usually something like PBR or Stroh's). Thought it was perfectly normal because, well, it was.....
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I must say absolutely not. The law states the drinking age is 21, so I will not authorize under age drinking.

I understand the argument behind revealing the mystery behind alcohol to kids, and after living in europe for quite a while I see both sides of the coin. However, the law is the, and as one who is tasked with enforcing laws it would show a lack of integrity to allow my children to break laws. If anything they are held to a higher standard.
You might want to make sure you know what the law actually is then

Only a minority of states actually prohibit the consumption of alcohol by minors in the home under the supervision of parents. A few states are even laxer than that. 42 States That Allow Underage (under 21) Alcohol Consumption - Drinking Age - ProCon.org
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I must say absolutely not. The law states the drinking age is 21, so I will not authorize under age drinking.

I understand the argument behind revealing the mystery behind alcohol to kids, and after living in europe for quite a while I see both sides of the coin. However, the law is the, and as one who is tasked with enforcing laws it would show a lack of integrity to allow my children to break laws. If anything they are held to a higher standard.
I disagree, but understand where you're coming from if you're in the legal system. Bottom line is you have to do what you believe is right. Hell, at least you care about your kids unlike some parents.

That said, my dad gave me a sip of beer when I was 5. I think it was Bud. He never had to offer again. Embarrassing to say, but it's probably why I hated beer until brewing my own.

Both my family and in-laws are 2nd and 3rd generation military...some are from and/or spent much of their lives abroad...gives one a different perspective on alcohol. When you look into prohibition, it was one of the worst things to happen to this country.

 
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