Although most parents do drink in front of their kids, you should be mindful and model responsible drinking behavior so your child learns the dos and don’ts at a young age. Here are a few questions to think about when it comes to drinking in front of your child.
Some parents are conscious of their bad decision making but they don’t want their children to follow in their footsteps so they say “Do as I say and not what I do.” Unfortunately, kids are going to absorb way more information from watching what you do than listening to what you say.
For example, drinking and driving in front of your child. Every time you get in the driver’s seat after drinking you are showing your child that it’s acceptable to break the rules and put others’ lives at risk because you feel fine or only had a couple of drinks. You can tell your child not to drink and drive, but they will remember the excuses you made and will mimic them when they are old enough to do so. You should always designate a driver to set a good example for your kids.
If you found yourself answering yes to a few or more of the questions above, then you may want to reevaluate the example you’re setting for your children. We aren’t saying that once you have kids you have to give up drinking forever. However, you don’t want to show your kids that life revolves around alcohol. Show them how to drink safely and responsibly but also show them that you can have fun without alcohol. They may also be learning that alcohol makes people more outgoing or fun, so instead teach them about self-confidence from a young age so they don’t turn to drinking as a way to make themselves more likable.