Have You Let Your Children Taste Alcohol?

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 by No Comments
Have You Let Your Children Taste Alcohol?

I grew up in the 1960s in a household where 5 o’clock cocktails were de rigueur. When my father’s martini glass was empty, the gin soaked olives that remained were mine.

It was an unspoken agreement between the two of us. A matter of honor – I never sipped his drink and he never nibbled my olives.

I never really thought about it being a bad thing. I was allowed sips of wine on holidays and special occasions and when I was a teen, a tiny glass of cognac or Armagnac were an occasional treat.

Apparently, I should have become an alcoholic according to the opinions of some researchers.

I do have a glass of wine with dinner several days a week. Once in a while, probably less than once a month, I will have a cocktail with my dinner at a restaurant.

I have been known to drink an icy craft beer with pizza. Very rarely I will misjudge my tolerance level and catch a little buzz – hardly what I would call an alcoholic.

While I do not offer sips of my drinks to my children, I do allow them a sip if they ask. Gourmet foods, coffees, wines, and beers are part of our lifestyle.

I am a food writer and I have the opportunity to try a lot of different things from a lot of different companies. We’ve had triple cream Brie imported from France and we’ve had craft beer from a local brewery.

Honestly, I don’t think that a few tastes of wine will create an alcoholic any more than a bite of chocolate will create an obese glutton.

Do you allow your children tastes of wine or other drinks?

photo credit: Dinner Series

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Marye Audet

Marye Audet is an author, freelance writer, and editor. As a work at home mom she has a unique perspective that encompasses the overwhelming deadlines and commitments of the professional woman as well as the constantly changing needs of a homeschooling mom with a large family. She is the author of one cook book and the creator of Restless Chipotle Media, a network consisting of two food based blogs, a blog for “women of a certain age”, a video site on Youtube, and upcoming blog on kitchen decor, and downloadable eBooks. Marye also is a freelance writer, editor, and book reviewer.

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