Our two sons, both 5 years old and 3 weeks apart, conduct themselves like hard working, strong, tough little frat boys that don’t take any crap from anyone but Mommy and I. Now they do this without the nightly beer binge drinking but it makes perfect sense. OF COURSE he’d try to sneak some of my beer.
So when I caught one of my 5 year old sons taking a pull on a beer after telling his mom he’d bring it to me, I really couldn’t be surprised. His response when I called him out was a big, toothy grin of confirmation.
As a matter of fact, this brings back another incident that occurred about 6 months ago, our other son the culprit there…
We were at his Grandpa’s wedding, enjoying the good food and drinks at the after party. Our son, Gunnar, made some stranger he didn’t know hold his cake (the first slice cut from the cake since he stole it from Grandpa and his new Grandma during their cut the cake ceremony) and then he proceeded to the dance floor where he began to show what he could do with this odd mix of experimental/freestyle/street dancing. He didn’t stop unless it was to go pound a flute of Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider. He’d go pound a flute and then go tear it up on the dance floor for another ten minutes, back to a table to pour himself another flute and eventually realized this transition would be faster if he just drank it from the bottle.
After about an hour of this, I was looking at Grandpa across the dance floor and he was making this hurried gesture to me with his hand and hollering but I couldn’t hear him over the music. I looked in the direction he was gesturing to see Gunnar with a half full bottle of the very tasty champagne Grandpa bought for his wedding. The bottom of the bottle was pointed towards the ceiling at about a 45 degree angle while Gunnar was greedily sucking down what he probably thought was a less sweet Apple Cider. Honestly, it was good champagne and wasn’t far off of Martinelli’s and the bottles looked nearly identical.
We can only wonder if that was the first massive pull he’d taken on champagne that night. Later on, we caught him trying to pound some white wine that someone else left in a wine glass. Hey, still looks like Martinelli’s, I guess.
Needless to say, he slept great that night. Not sure if it was all the dancing, that champagne, or a mixture of the two.
These two incidences remind of my own delinquencies as a child. Oh yes. I had partaken of the “Grown Up Drinks” as we call them more than once as a small youth. And look how I turned out. I’m fine. Right?
This makes me wonder about another interesting statistic that’s part of a topic that really just isn’t talked about around the BBQ. The higher legal drinking age in the US that very likely leads to more destructive behaviors when the gloves are finally taken off, so to speak. Europeans drink far more than Americans do but it kills a lot more of us. Could it be possible that if government was to put the responsibility of “juveniles” drinking on parents that just maybe parents might be able to do a better job educating their kids about alcohol abuse than the government? I think so.
In many European countries, kids are allowed to have a little bit of watered down wine during dinner. It seems to me that this would be an intelligent decision as it makes the idea of “drinking” disappear. If it’s something they’ve experienced from a young age and not some taboo thing that they aren’t allowed to touch, it wouldn’t be such a novelty when they finally are allowed to drink 3 YEARS AFTER they are old enough to vote.
If you look at the record, the government hasn’t really been successful at anything. Why is it we would trust them to tell us how we can and cannot parent our children? For me, government is more of an example of what not to do than an example to follow.
When it comes down to it, you have to be careful when you are a parent. If you make something a big deal, it becomes a big deal to the kids and that’s what can get the both of you into a lot of future trouble. We prefer to teach consequences versus reward and when it comes to a 5 year old stealing beer, it’s still stealing and the consequences, IF you get caught, can be heavy…