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Thursday, May 17, 2012

So, what would you do?

 Picture this...

Your child (albeit an adult) brags about sharing 1 3/4 bottles of spirits with one mate on a work night, before managing to put in a full day of work, and then proceeds to check the house when he arrives home to ensure there is no vomit (remnants from the night before).

Do you
A) Congratulate him on the accomplishment?
B) Tell him to invite you to the party next time?
C) Assist in checking for vomit, wondering if that was the funny smell that greeted you when you arrived home?
D) Scold him for being irresponsible on a work night?
E) Freak out and call the local branch of AA?

For the record, I chose D). But I don't think he was paying attention.




19 comments:

  1. I think I may well have told him how clever he was and then proceeded to remind him that whilst living under my roof he will live by my rules and there will be no drinking to the point of vomiting of thought of vomiting on any night whatsoever!

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    1. I think he was having me on about the vomit, just to bait me into a reaction. At least he didn't find any, and he didn't get much of a reaction out of me either.

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  2. I think I would have gone with option D as well. When K turned 18 she went through a stage of drinking quite heavily (although not on a work night) and for some reason she never seemed to have a hangover. One day we had just had enough and said if she wanted to live under our roof we were not going to put up with her behaving like that anymore. She went out drinking once or twice more and since then hasn't more than maybe one beer if we are out having dinner. Can't say I am unhappy about her stopping drinking as I was worried where it was going to stop.
    Have a great day - all we can do with our children is the best that we can, at the end of the day they will make choices we don't agree with and they have to deal with the consequences of those choices.
    Love, hugs and positive energy !
    Me

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    1. Both boys tend to go through phases where they drink often, but then will abstain for a while. I feel like I am always telling them to slow down. This morning my other son told me I'm known as the 'fun police'. That's ok by me. :-)

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  3. Option d). But I wouldn't scold necessarily. I would be a nasty sarcastic bitch ie. congratulate him on being a total moron, tell him not to worry about losing brain cells because he didn't have any to start with....blah,blah,blah.

    Actually I'm thinking that's why my kids all left home. They couldn't deal with my bitching.

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    1. Bahaha! That's everything I said, in my head!

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  4. I'd expect D from the parents.

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  5. Yes, I think D. That's our job, isn't it, to be the 'fun police'? They need to be challenged on these things. At that age I was living in a country town for uni, where everyone was away from their parents for the first time. The guys drank very heavily - I'm guessing on par with your son, at times. It's sad that that is the culture, but there it is. You just hope they'll grow out of it. Maybe when he has a girlfriend? But in the meantime, I think it's good to be the voice of reason.

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  6. You have an award on my blog from me. :)

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  7. I read this when you posted it last night but was to tired to respond and I had to think about it. I think I would have gone C then A as I don't feel I have the right to tell my kids off for something that I did myself :P

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    1. That's where I am a little lacking in understanding. Having become a parent at 18, I totally missed the partying/drinking stage. I've had one hangover in my life, when I was well into my 30s! Once was enough. I just don't 'get' it.

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  8. F) slap him around the head and then tell him he is a dead man if any vomit is found in or around the house.

    And then make lots and lots of noise when he tries to sleep it off that night out of pure spite and wistfulness for my youth that the child stole.

    Or something like that.

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    1. Of course! I forgot that option. Thanks for the giggle! :-)

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  9. I'd do B) just to see what his reaction was. But then I would get all serious and go to D). No doubt, I would be ignored too!

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  10. I would go with D but secretly be thinking A..............adult children can be just as frustrating as young children........lol

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  11. Oh man you are freaking me out lol. Probably D but check back with me in years to come :)

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  12. Oh wow, I don't know what I'd do yet, I'm still enjoying parenting a toddler who steers clear of spirits :P I will say that I've been through a pretty similar phase in my own youth (Aussie kids, are drunken kids....), but I got over it and grew out of it, and I have a healthy respect for alcohol now. I guess don't stress too much and but don't pat him on the back for it.

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    1. Agree... it's a long way from toddler to young adult, and as parents we get to learn a lot along the way!

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