Originally Posted by polka hop
Sure! Ibuprofen, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, Peruvian flake cocaine... all pretty much the same, as far as I'm concerned!
Ok, seriously? You can't discern the difference between a well known carcinogen and a sip of wine? I bet you can, but a setting up a straw man is somewhat more entertaining.
I try to avoid giving my child any form of mind-altering drugs, which all of those are except for ibuprofen.
Just my personal choice, though.
On the other hand, I also choose to set a good example of how people should live even as adults. I do not partake of mind-altering drugs, so there is, for me, no double standard.
I'm extremely well aware of the fact that every second of every day, I am teaching by example, how adults should live.
"I want to be just like you when I grow up."
I want my daughter to be just like me, too. Because I'm a person who leads the healthy life that I would WANT for my child.
I don't want to be telling my child, "Don't grow up to be like me."
So I don't do things that invite her to grow up to be someone who uses mind altering substances, who abuses their body, etc.
As a body builder, I do know the effect of "just a little bit" of alcohol on the body. It is NOT a healthy pursuit. It DOES have a negative effect on one's health.
Our children want to grow up to be like us. That's the truth of how children are. Whether you give them addictive and mind-altering substances or not... if you indulge in these sorts of things yourself and they know about it, they are thinking on AT LEAST an unconscious level, "I want to be just like mom and dad."
And they will... for better or for worse. With any luck, one day my child will be just like me and be healthy, rather than be just like the rest of hte people in our family who have eaten themselves into obesity, or smoked themselves into emphazema.. etc.