Parenthood comes with stress and sleep deprivation, elation and excitement and all of the feelings, all at once. That’s a lot to handle. When you have a little downtime as a parent sometimes you just need to check out. I see plenty of social media posts of moms celebrating wine-o-clock or doing cheers with a glass of wine and a sippy-cup. We all need to kick back a bit and mellow out but setting the right example when it comes to drinking is important.
My kids used to call wine “mom-juice” and it was pretty funny but as they get older and more aware of everything mom and dad do, I have to take responsibility for my actions. Obviously, my kids are way too young for school parties where I have to worry about drinking, but it doesn’t hurt to make them aware of the dangers of alcohol and teach them about personal responsibility now.
I am certainly not suggesting that everyone have a dry household. Jason and I enjoy wine with dinner and we will have cocktails every now and then. My kids are exposed to imbibing of all kinds…from family parties to events and celebrations and they even mimic the adults when we do toasts and cheers. We are always conscious of our behavior and try to explain the difference between adult and kids beverages.
Of course, questions about alcohol will only multiply as they get older, especially once they are teenagers. That’s why I am turning to responsibility.org to learn how to approach this issue. It is important to have a strategy for everything as a parent, from potty training to educating your children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. A reliable resource like responsibility.org is essential because it is packed with expert advice and support.
What do you do if your child asks for a sip of your drink? According to the responsibility.org #TalkEarly campaign, 1 in 4 moms think sipping will deter kids because they won’t like the taste of alcohol and 1 in 5 moms think kids who’ve sipped will be better equipped to resist peer pressure; but according to the experts kids who experience alcohol before age 15 are 7 times more likely to have problems with alcohol. Whatever your opinion is about sipping, talking to your kids about alcohol is the best first step and responsibility.org is there to help figure out how to start the conversation.
Responsibility.org has a variety of campaigns that encourage families to have a lifetime of conversations about alcohol responsibility. These campaigns were created to empower parents to be confident about their own decisions and arm parents with the knowledge and facts to have powerful, impactful conversations. However old your children are, this is a fantastic resource to help prepare for the tough conversations. Being a positive role model is key so I am starting with myself by being a positive influence and making sure we #TalkEarly talk early and talk often.