Make us your home page

Whoa, Momma!

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Wine for 8-year-old? Tempting



Mom_redwine_2I'm thinking about letting my 8-year-old daughter drink wine. Just a sip.

I can hear you furiously typing already, but hang with me for a second. Lately she keeps asking if she can try what's in Mommy's glass. (Check out what this dad at the New York Times had to say about wanting to introduce wine to his kids). Sue me, but I enjoy a glass of red with dinner. Okay, maybe two, depending on how loony I feel after work. She's naturally curious.

Several ways I could go with this:

Wrinkle my nose, shrug it off as a "big people" drink she wouldn't like anyway and quickly distract her with some kind of sugar. Then pray she stops asking. But can I keep that up until she's, say, at least in her teens?

Or I could get all serious: Alcohol is bad for you. Bad, bad, bad. But it's a little slippery explaining to an 8-year-old why something is bad for her but okay for Mommy. Particularly when it's bad for a lot of adults who don't know when to stop. Complicated.

What's the big deal anyway? Would a sip of wine really hurt the kid? Of course not. Don't kids in Europe practically swig the stuff out of a baby bottle? Why make it all mysterious and forbidden -- and irresistible? Just let her have a sip and be done with it. She'd probably turn up her nose with a loud "Gross!"

Of course, with my luck she'd love it and want more. Did I just start her on the road to alcoholism by age 9?

A little help here, people....

-- Times editor

[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 10:55am]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours