Quote: Originally Posted by karrie
I see it a lot Prax. It's a store. You're not allowed to consume the stuff there.
Yes you are.... free samples and all. (I'm nit picking here
There's no age restriction on who walks in the door.
There are in bars and restaurants after a certain hour (Usually by 9pm) that minors are no longer allowed in, but I don't know if that's just where I live.
If I walk down for our dental appointments, haircuts, movies, we'll stop in and grab whatever might be missing from around the house for alcohol. Leaving them outside is highly risky, even if they're in a vehicle. It's about the biggest no-no of parenting.
Yeah, well I'm also talking about my 1980's childhood where The Goonies was a model of how kids should be and seatbelts were still an option, but for recent times, my friends who do drink don't head off to get their recreational substances unless they have someone to watch the kids, even if it's only for 5-10 mins.... all I'm saying is that I have never been brought into the liqour store with my parents as a child, my friends haven't done this with their own kids in my pressence, and to this day, I have never seen someone with their kids inside the liqour store... ever... (Then again, it might also just be a thing around here where I live)
I'm not saying there's anything wrong with it officially (Although personally I don't see bringing children in with you to get your controlled drugs as any better then leaving them out of the place all together for a few minutes with a friend or husband/wife, be that in the car or at home.)
I am only attempting to state an observation I have noticed over time.
Anyway, why shouldn't I buy a bottle of wine for Friday night's supper if I'm walking past with my kids on Thursday?
We are about to get into a conflict of parenting opinions here which isn't going to go very well.... as I have apparently been brought up differently then you have been. Technically there isn't anything wrong with doing the above.... I never said there was. I just wouldn't do it myself, because it is something I was raised in not doing. Even when I asked my parents if I could come in, they yelled no at me, so I accepted that I wasn't allowed in.
I never started to drink until the age of 17 (which was quite a lot older then the rest of my friends when they started) and I honestly don't care too much for alcohol and hate the feeling of being drunk, let along being sick and hung over.... Perhaps this might have something to do with my restricted access to an alcoholic environment (Unknown) but one concern I might think of is the level of exposure at a younger age towards drugs and how they will view it when they are older.
And we already have all kinds of parents/people freaking about smoking around your kids and exposing them to that kind of environment, well what kind of message are you sending your kids when you drink around them?
I'm not about to answer that in any fashion because that's up to the parents imo.
And if I want to have a glass of wine, there's nothing wrong with that.
Nobody said you're not allowed to do any drugs after you have children.
Not to sound too judgemental, but, the only reason to not drink with your kids in the house, or treat it as if it's something akin to porn, is if you can't have a drink without getting snockered drunk.
Nope.. not in my case anyways. I can have a drink or two without getting smashed, but in a monkey see monkey do scenario, do you think a kids' gonna know when to cut themselves off when you're not around? And don't tell me it doesn't happen, because I know it does through people I've known through my childhood. They'd tell me they'd see their mom or dad drinking this stuff and they tried it before and felt all weird.... then they'd start trying to get us to drink the stuff and before we knew it, they failed a year, were no longer going to the same school as us and last I checked they were alcoholics.
I have a cousin who's an admitted alcoholic, he doesn't give a crap, it's more so a badge of honor for him.... but he's been drinking since the age of 12 or 13.... I can't remember. He's the same age as I currently am.
We already have everybody labeling marijuana as the big evil gateway drug, when everybody seems to forget that tobacco and alcohol are the very first gateway drugs, regardless if they're legal/controlled or not.... they are still drugs/narcotics. And how you treat those drugs around your kids will determine how your kids treat them.
At least that's how I see it, you can do whatever you wish with your kids.