One of the nice things about vacationing on an island is sipping a fruity cocktail with an umbrella in it. If you are vacationing with young children, most likely they are right there next to you while you’re enjoying that drink.
I think most people would agree that having a drink in front of your children is totally acceptable, but are a few drinks okay? Is it okay to get drunk in front of your children and while they are in your care?
I witnessed a couple of parents putting back a few too many with their kids last week on the Vineyard. It’s not just vacationing parents who do it though. I was once invited to an afternoon playdate where the mommies were drinking Cosmos while the toddlers ran around in a playroom.
I’m no teetotaler. I enjoy a glass of wine or a pint of beer with my dinner and I drink them while eating out with my girls. But I’m also a lightweight when it comes to alcohol and any more than one drink, and Mommy starts slurring her words. I won’t drive if I’ve had more than one drink and I can’t imagine taking care of my kids while tipsy.
Am I uptight? Maybe. But the days of doing shots with my girlfriends ended when the days of breastfeeding and changing poopy diapers started.
What do you think? Is it okay to have a few drinks in front of your kids?