Originally Posted by One_Girl
I would give her cheap alcohol because it tastes bad and I would rather she think it tastes so bad and she doesn't want to get hooked on it than that she think it tastes so good she wants it all the time. I am also okay with not being totally honest about some things, my mother wasn't totally honest with me about some things but I came to understand why when I became a mother and I think she will to. I also think that addiction is a big thing and I would never forgive myself if I gave her alcohol and she turned out to like it so I would go out of my way to get stuff that isn't going to taste that great, not that any of it really does anyways.
That would prob. work through high school, I think. What happens when kids are drinking in college and someone hands her something that tastes great? I want my child saying "BTDT, I'll take a sip/just have one/nah, I'm driving tonight, I'll have some tomorrow", rather than "OMG, not all alcohol tastes like that motor oil mom gave me. I wonder what HER drink tastes like? What about that one?"
I understand that most people (not all) have at least one bad night with alcohol. We're human, and we tend to want good things to excess. I want to be the one holding back my DS's hair as he realizes into the toilet that it's not a good idea - not some strange kid his freshman year of college who I don't know he can trust.
I don't think alcohol and cigarettes/drugs are the same thing at all. That's a different thread, though, and I'm so not starting the MJ argument here.
My children will ALWAYS drink wine in our house unless they tell me they prefer grape juice - in which case, I'll buy it specially for them. It's part of our religion, and I fully expect them to go around talking about it. I also expect them to brag to their friends that they don't have to go to the doctor and get shots. We're not afraid of being different.