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November 24, 2011


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Indeed, I like to think my parents got it right, and I definitely fit the bill in terms of when my first drink was. My folks were very calm and approachable about the whole thing. Not banning it, nor encouraging it, talking it terms of when it was responsible and the best way to consume it. Them demonstrating a controlled use of alcohol must have played a big part too.

Rosie Scribble

Thanks Ian. I think - in fact I know - that not all parents do talk to their children about alcohol and seem unaware of the level of risk that can place their child in. It sounds like your parents got it just right. That's an approach I plan to take too, not just with alcohol but with everything.


Totally agree with Ian, that is my plan and the one I am sticking too :-)

Rosie Scribble

Excellent. Me too :-)


My daughter is 15 and I know she has had alcohol at a couple of parties, but she asked me beforehand if she could do because there would be alcohol there. I have also bought her a small amount of alcohol to take to a party. I don't think there's any point telling her she can't drink any, because it'll happen anyway so explaining to her that she needs to be sensible and the effects drink can have is really vital. I've also explained that she is more vulnerable when she's had a drink and the implications of that.

She also recently held her own birthday party and asked her friends it was an alcohol free party which they all respected.

I appreciate the fact that she's been honest with me, and hopefully we can continue to talk about it in the future.

Rosie Scribble

Notsupermum, I think they key is to have the lines of communication open so we can talk to them about alcohol and they can talk to us, which is exactly what you are doing. The issue that you can be more vulnerable is the one I am going to make sure hits home with my daughter. It's reassuring to hear your experiences and know that these conversations are possible. Thank you. x

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