Curious Teen Boy

Suhey - posted on 01/22/2015 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Last night my soon to be 14 y/o asked me how old I was when I first tried alcohol. My jaw dropped. I'm worried! Well, true story. My mom told me that when I was a baby, my dad was so drunk, he gave me beer in my baby bottle. I'm a single mom and I already talked to my son about the dangers of alcohol and drugs. And he got the talk at school as well. What do you moms have to share on the subject? Than you! =)

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Jodi - posted on 01/22/2015

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Be honest with him. If your were underage, you can share why it wasn't such a good idea. Let them know that we all make mistakes when we are young, and you learned from your mistake and you now have the experience to share that mistake with your children so they won't make the same mistakes. Kids need to know adults are human too, and that we weren't perfect, we made mistakes. It makes them more likely to come to us for help or support when they DO make mistakes (which they will) and have faith that we will be more understanding.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/22/2015

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So what did you tell your son? I'd have shared my 'first' time, and explained to him why it was a poor choice...just as I did. (Which was in 6th grade, at school...one of my 'friends' brought about a shot of Jack Daniels to school, and all the 'cool' girls took a sip. I was subsequently suspended for 3 days, had the MOTHER of shitwork chores assigned, and was extremely grateful that it was daddy at home getting the call from the principal and not mother...)

Be honest with your kids, always. You can admit that you made mistakes when you were their age, and that you were 'normal'...as far as ANY teen can call themselves 'normal'...

We've always been very open with our kids about alcohol, controlled substances, etc. So far, its working.

Ev - posted on 01/22/2015

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Did you ever try it later on when you were older? I would not count your father placing some in a baby bottle as exactly trying it out. A parent gave it to you. He might be curious as to when you might have tried it just to ask. Kids this age are curious about a lot of things and the best thing is to be honest with yourself and him. Maybe ask him why he wants to know.

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Suhey - posted on 01/22/2015

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I was shocked and I didn't know how to respond and that is why I kept my response, simple and short. After talking to you moms, I have an idea of how to approach this. I remember being about 10-12 yrs old and our step-dad at the time used to buy egg nog during the holidays and adding rum to and let my sister and I have some. No one in my family drinks alcohol...only during special occasions... I'll have a beer here and there... he rarely sees me drink and I don't get drunk... I'm afraid that maybe when he sees his dad on some weekends... he may have a glimpse of it.... Thank you for your reply!!! =)

Suhey - posted on 01/22/2015

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I didn't tell him about my experiences, because I'm afraid he'll think that it's okay try it because mom tried at a young age... Thank you for your reply!!! =)

Suhey - posted on 01/22/2015

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Thank you for your reply. I plan on talking about this subject, some more. The only reason I hesitate on telling him of my experience, is that he'll say... you tried at a young age and why can't I? ... definitely more more talks!!! =)

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