I was reading an article on theguardian.com warning of the dangers of giving alcohol to children too young.
Now, the article in question didn’t seem to draw any distinction between giving a small glass of wine to a teenager occasionally vs providing a six year old with Siamond White every night of the week. (Other ciders are available.)
However it got me thinking a little bit about this. My children are 15. 12 and 10 and they have all had occasional sips of wine or beer and personally I don’t think there is anything wrong with that.
I think I would be niaive to think that they wouldn’t try a drink at a party if it was available and I’d rather their first experiences of alcohol were on my terms, out in the open and controlled.
Last week it was Mrs Jonesy’s birthday and, as I opened a bottle I offered my daughter (the 15 year old) a glass but she declined. Apparently she doesn’t like the aftertaste.
So this presents another dilemma: I’ve got 6 special bottles from her birth year squirrelled away ready for her to have when she is older. But if she doesn’t like it then that’s a total waste and I’d be better off drinking it myself!