I was cruising on the net this morning and came across this. I know we’ve talked about teens drinking before and I think we are all pretty much in agreement that we don’t hide alcohol and keep it a deep dark secret but neither would we encourage it.
I’ve heard of giving teens a breathalyzer test before but never really read about it. On one hand I can see it in some of these situations as being useful. I know there can be a lot of trouble at school dances when a group of kids arrive drunk so I can see that this would help that for the kids who aren’t and are there to have a good time.
But would I have done this and given my kids one? If I’d suspected a problem I probably would have. I mean, if you thought something was going wrong with your child, wouldn’t you want to find out what it was? I’m nosy as all get out too so I would have wanted to know. You can’t try and fix a problem that your not willing to face. You can’t bury your head in the sand if there is a serious problem brewing.
I’ve heard my boys tell me so many things that they did while growing up and I “thought” I knew it all. I was very active in their lives and I “knew” where all the parties were. I even followed Jason a couple of times because he’d been caught lying and I was worried BUT they still “fooled” me many times. So it just goes to show you, kids will try and get away with things and a lot of times they do but I tried very hard to be involved.
I just had one question after reading this article. It says that parents where checking their kids breath when they came home at night. Isn’t that kind of backwards? What the heck good does it to check it once they’re home? They could have already been and done who knows what?? I might have been waiting in my car outside wherever they were and checked it BEFORE they came home. Especially if they were driving.
Would you or wouldn’t you?