I'm shocked by the amount of people that see this as acceptable. It's illegal, it is a substance that damages our bodies and can cause terrible addiction. There is no way I want to expose my children and help them generate a taste for it over the years. I do come from a home where alcohol was NEVER consumed by my parents, nor smoking or drugs...so maybe it is just the setting I was raised in.
I'm with the people who mentioned it being risky with CPS...it seems they like to attack the "responsible parents" while the ones who are abusive and neglectful right out in the open seem to be passed over. Is a forbidden fruit at 3-15 years old really worth loosing your kids over? Are you comfortable enough with your decision do it or mention it in front of athorities who had that power? You never know who your child is talking to, or who that person is talking to. I don't think we wanted alcohol to not be a "forbidden fruit" is going to stand up in court...or it was only A SIP once a week...or on occasion
As an adult we have the responsibility to choose for ourselves. Giving a small child that kind of responsibility because they WANT it is obsurd...I"m sure they'd like to play with knives and guns too especially if mama and daddy were doing it on a regular basis...but it's not safe, so you don't let them do it with the real thing, you would offer them a safe, and legal alternative. Sure the risk of those things are immediate, and alcohol sipping may not be immediate but it is a risk.
I do agree with the other poster who mentioned about pop being just as bad. and think that the processed foods, and sugar loaded food that we consume on a everyday basis is way worse for their health than giving them a sip of alcohol on occasion...but it is breaking the law and possibly steering them onto the wrong course. No one can know that they aren't setting them up for alcoholism, just because it doesn't run in the family. There aren't many studies out there on how much alcohol is okay for a 3 year old or what the effects on their little bodies it has. I guess I see as erring on the side of caution as the best choice, and teaching them the effects of alcohol has can make people really sick (for life, not just drunk) and their bodies are too small to know what is safe.
I don't mean to attack anyone, I strongly disagree and wanted to share my reasons why.