Alcohol and playdates

@Kaldonya (278)
United States
January 26, 2007 12:02pm CST
So did you see the debate on NBC's Today show about how moms are having 4pm playdates and popping open bottles of wine while their children have juice boxes? The rule though is only one glass. The [stay at home] moms are claiming stress and it helps to relax them. Here's the link to the article: www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16818362/ How do you feel about this? To me, it's wrong - plain and simple. I don't care what anyone says, but if moms are getting together for a playdate for kids, someone, if not all the moms have to DRIVE. This is a no-no because: #1 - there are kids around and you're drinking in front of them AND THEN DRIVING. Is that the kind of example you want to set for your kids? #2 - you're having alcohol (at 4pm-ish) meaning that it's been HOURS since you've probably had lunch, so the alcohol is hitting an empty stomach and being absorbed much more quickly into the bloodstream, thus having more of an affect on your judgement. HELLO!!!!!??!!! Drinking and driving? Yeah, yeah, I'm sure I'm raising heckles and will hear about this, but if you have your kids with you, ANY alcohol before driving is wrong. I know that you cannot control the other driver's out there, but what about if they do something causing you to need to make a snap judgement and you're slightly buzzed and can't? How would you feel if something happened to your child? As a parent, you are responsible for that child and his/her safety. What would your excuse be to the police officer? "It was only one drink...." Nope, doesn't cut it. To me....my children ARE MORE IMPORTANT and FAR OUTWAY the luxury of even one drink if I have to drive with them in the car.
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@cblackink (969)
• United States
29 Jan 07
Whatever happened to a cup of coffee? Good Lord! Drinking and driving is always wrong but with your kids in your vehicle? Shame on you!!
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@mikaghi (389)
• United States
26 Jan 07
yes i watched that segment and it was very disturbing. the moms who drink in front of their kids are promoting drinking. it will have negative impact on the children's mind. i am sure they will start drinking when they are in teens, following the example set my their mothers that drinking is OK!!
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@Kaldonya (278)
• United States
26 Jan 07
I agree.
@wsue1023 (1396)
• United States
26 Jan 07
I agree with you Kaldonya... this is an easy call. We should lead our kids by example number first of all. Secondly, this is just not responsible. Kids and partying are not something you can somehow incorporate into a single event. This is just nuts!
@maru_047in (1007)
• India
27 Jan 07
I din't see this but it is bad i think doing this in front of kids ll give more impact on them and we ll be the responsibility for their future bad habbits so i think they need to avoid such things in front of kids and as many say their is many such places they can enjoy let them go their and enjoy.
@hariharbhat (1314)
• India
27 Jan 07
Drving is good but drinking is not good. And drinking and driving not not not good. Hi. It is better to sit in a place where there is good music and beautiful balls to see and enjoy the drink.Once you start like this you can continue to do everyday for ever.But if you once drink and drive and meet with accident and die you cannot drink and see the balls and enjoy Lol. Come on promise me not to drink again, no no drink and drive.
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• Canada
27 Jan 07
What is the world coming to...; If is was living in Europe that may not be such a big deal.
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@alchemistrx (2569)
• Philippines
27 Jan 07
I have to agree with this. We can't do that both because it could endanger our lives as well as the children. yeah HELLO !!! to you all moms drinking.There is another way to relieve stress.
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• United States
27 Jan 07
That is just wrong. Why do people have children if they cannot handle them? That makes no sense.
• Philippines
27 Jan 07
hmmp?? i agree?ahehehe
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@acc3nture (139)
• Philippines
27 Jan 07
thats is corretc who wants to be on an accident with their kids with them. why drink if you'll gonna be driving at the same time either.
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@sunrisekn (1467)
• United States
27 Jan 07
I agree with you. My child is the most important thing to me and I wouldn't want to do anything to hurt him. I can't believe that these women would make these kinds of decisions with their childrens lives. I would hate to be one of those woman and have to live with myself after I've killed or maimed my child or someone elses child because I made a poor decision by drinking and driving.
@txnflfan (19)
• United States
27 Jan 07
That's insane. I guess what is even worse is these people don't have any idea that they are doing something wrong. Kids drive me crazy too at time, but as much as I would think I could use a drink, I would never drink under those circumstances
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@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
26 Jan 07
If you have to drive your kids anywhere I think it is wrong to have any drinks. End of story. Especially if this is something you are planning. However, I don't see what could possibly be wrong with having a few drinks in front of your kids...once you don't go overboard. But I totaly agree with you on the driving/drinking
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• Mexico
26 Jan 07
I think that parents are becoming more irresponsible each time
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• United States
26 Jan 07
Drinking and driving is wrong no matter what the circumstance. However, if moms want to get together and have a drink together, thre is nothing wrong with that. However, they should leave the kids with a sitter if they want to be drinking.
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@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
4 Feb 07
Maybe they are just overwhelmed moms and need something to relieve them from that. I wouldn't personally do that myself. So, I think they should know better.
• India
26 Jan 07
Alcohol - Playdates are very dangerous
In life we have to enjoy everything. If it is important surely we have to do it certain limit.