Once our kids hit legal drinking age, the conversation about the perils of alcohol stops. Maybe it shouldn’t. In my most recent post I discuss my surprise about my son’s decision to drink after he turned 21. It’s on Grown and Flown this week.
“No One Ever Starts Out Saying They Want to Be An Alcoholic”
In that malt liquor moment, I realized–after the years of talking about under-aged drinking– I’d never shifted the conversation from restraint to responsibility.
I wasn’t prepared for the moment he could legally buy and drink alcohol. And I hadn’t prepared him for it either.
At twenty-one, the drinking conversation stops. Maybe we assume our kids will make the same choices we do. Maybe we figure they’re adults and can decide for themselves.
Either way, I’ve got to stop assuming. If I want him to know something, it’s best to say it.
So like a kid who hadn’t studied for a test, I tried to cram 15 years of responsible drinking thinking into a lunch hour.
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