The Prohibition

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Drinking_Drain_c So this is an interesting experiment. Hands up – how many people have tried to abstain from alcohol purely as examples to your kids?

Me! Me!

Yep, I’ve been there. More than once. It’s what inspired this series, of course.

Each time I’ve tried, I’ve failed miserably.

Let me set the record straight. I’m no alcoholic. I have one small glass or bottle of something maybe every other night. And I mean one. I’m a total lightweight (or cheap date, as my husband calls me).

But occasionally I feel a little guilty for partaking in front of my kids. I kinda miss the days when they would go to bed at 8 pm, and I could safely pound – I mean sip — a nice Shiraz while watching TV.

Drinking_Teens_cAdmittedly, now I pour extra into my glass because the kids are up later and want to taste whatever I’m having. Yes, I’m one of those parents who allow a sip. I’d rather they taste it in front of me than get curious and sneak into our liquor cabinet…that’s my logic.

Anyway, back to the series. As usual, Jill’s guilty conscious is the catalyst. She even gets Rob in on the act. But in the end, much like my own experience, they go back to their old ways. As Rob points out, it’s all about moderation. Which is a good philosophy for most things in life.

Well, except for sunscreen and really good ice cream. Liberal amounts are required.

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4 thoughts on “The Prohibition

  1. Terri,

    You should feel no guilt about having a glass of wine or two in front of your children. You are modeling how to use alcohol responsibly. And that’s a good thing!

    When I was a kid and had dinner at my Italian grandfather’s house, each child was given a small glass of wine to have with their meal. No big deal. When my dad was done moving the lawn during the summer, we’d sit on the back porch and he’d give me a sip or two of his Miller High Life. Scandelous! I learned it wasn’t a big taboo.

    It’s time to tell the hall monitors among us that we are not going to be guilted into living our lives like we are 7 years old. We are adults and there are seperate rules for adults and children. Sorry to break that news to them. And don’t let that tired argument they throw out about cigarettes and drugs take root. Different substances, different ways to conduct your behavior in that regard.

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