I got up this morning and was reading my blogroll like every other morning. I came across Amber’s post and it kind of fit into my frame of mind. Just what kids get exposed to.
I got to spend the day yesterday with my two daughter in laws and they were talking and I was just listening. I’m not sure they even knew I was paying attention and they were talking about friends who they partied with. I was doing my hair “IN STAGES” and was making a shrimp dip and was just listening to them talk and I never said a word. It was brought to my attention that a LOT of parents party with their kids right there with them. I’m no one to judge but have you done this??
I have gotten plenty drunk. Petting a dog who wasn’t there drunk. Not being able to walk a straight line drunk. Puking drunk. Sick the next day drunk. Lots of times. We had a family cabin and we partied every weekend. BUT OUR KIDS WERE IN BED. What I heard yesterday made me feel kind of sad. Who would want their kids to see them falling down and acting stupid and maybe fighting or crying or throwing up? I’m not saying it’s wrong but what I’m saying is why would anyone do this? I’ve gotten so drunk that I’ve forgotten what I said or did, but my kids, had they been there, would have had that memory maybe forever of ME acting like a stupid fool.
We used to have bonfires every weekend and our kids got to participate but neither my husband or I had more than one or two drinks when they were up. At least until they were in their teens. I’m talking about YOUNG kids say, under 10, 11, 12, 13. Don’t you think your kid’s seeing you like this is just wrong? Am I to old fashioned?? I just feel so bad about this because so many people seem to be doing this and way back when, we just didn’t. Our kids went to bed at 10 and then we partied.
Have you done this? Do you know people who do? Am I a hypocrite being I’ve partied plenty in my life?
I just guess I feel kids should stay kids as long as possible and this is sometimes a very nasty sight.