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I'm A Parent And Let My Underage Kids Drink Alcohol At Home
Countries around the world have varying laws as to at which age a person is legally allowed to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages. While our European counterparts allow those above 16 to drink wine and beer, all alcohol is prohibited until one reaches 21 in the United States. However, that doesn't mean everyone follows the law. Behind closed doors, some parents allow their teenage offspring to have a few sips of alcohol to get a taste. Where is the limit defined? Does this serve a greater purpose? Get ready to hear more from the parents who let their kids drink at home and the kids who do the drinking.

It'll be like a supervised treat.

1
I would let my kids drink, but not until they're 15 and only at dinner or special occasions.

They're only tasting, not drinking away.

2
I wouldn't let my kids have their own but taking drinks from mine would be fine if they're at home

No need to sneak drinks. All the tasting's been done.

3
My parents did that with me. I couldn't have my own but I could sip theirs from an early age. They took the fun out of rebelling.

As long as it's under my watch.

4
I support letting my kids drink under my supervision. It's better than letting them go out and then having them get drunk.

It's meant to be educational, not something that's bragged about.

5
Allowing your children to drink supervised at home is an idea I support. Just need to make sure that it isn't shared on social media. It can get certain people arrested.

Well, as long as you're not always getting drunk.

6
My parents did that for me. Still don't know my limit. I've never actually drank to get drunk. I just kind of enjoy the taste of some beer, wine, and bourbon. I feel like a snob XD

Always to be better safe than sorry.

7
It's better to have your children drink at home because you know they won't drink and drive or do something else they might regret

The "fun" of heavy drinking might go away.

8
I think the same way. my parents allowed me to drink and I never liked it

Life lesson given early on.

9
I realized my limits and figured out which drinks I like since my parents let me drink with them when I was younger

Try a little bit now, nothing seems "new" later.

10
It helps them to get over the excitement of it so they don't go mad with it when they hit the legal age.

Mom taught you well.

11
My mom did that, and I never got out of control like my friends. I'm 25 now and I hardly drink, never had a hangover because I know my limits, and make sure to drink water while drinking.

Family > Strangers

12
When kids feel they have to sneak, is when they get out of control. At least they will be in a safe, controlled, environment. Not a wild party where someone could put drugs in their drink. Supervise!

Somewhat supervised privacy.

13
If I ever had kids, I'd make them drink in the house with their friends. I'll be awkwardly in my bedroom and not come out but as long as I know they're safe and in the house, I don't mind.

Started them off very young.

14
Totally agree. I'm 13 my mum has let me have a drink on weekends since I was like 9. I once got drunk as I got too carried away. I can't touch Malibu now. I know my limits.

What's worse than one rambunctious drunk teenager? A whole group of them.

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And I mean, better at home than at some party where they might get into devastating situations.

Looks like the strategy worked.

16
I let my kids taste drinks. So far, they don't like the taste of any and say they wont drink until they're 23. I said that's when their tongues will start to like it.

Inside the safety of one's home.

17
My parents let me and my brother drink alcopops and cider in the house when we were young (14+) so that we wouldn't do it on the streets where it was unsafe.

Now, kids are way smarter than their peers.

18
My parents let me try small drinks from 13. The fact that alcohol wasn't some big forbidden thing meant I didn't get into the underage drinking mess my friends did.

It's all about trusting your kids.

19
My dad did this, and I am thankful for it. I never had to lie and he always knew when I went out and that I could handle myself. He gave me freedom under responsibillity, and I never broke that trust.

No need to keep secrets about this.

20
People who grow up with parents with a relaxed relationship, like let's them try, will less likely start drinking in an early age and drinking behind their parents' back.

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