Thursday, April 2, 2009

Whine and Wine

I love wine. No, I am not a big drinker, but I love learning about wine, tasting wine and pairing wine.

In fact, before having the boys, SPH and I hit the road and visited vineyards here and abroad many times:

Can't you just sense the carefree, relaxed, well-rested, no-kid-responsibility attitude in the last picture?

Many, okay, most nights we have wine with or before dinner. After a day of work, I am ready for a few sips of vino. Usually doesn't go beyond one glass, just an aperitif to enjoy while dinner is served.

But the other day R was talking and said, "I can't wait until I can have wine every day too!" I got me you ever wonder about drinking alcohol in front of your kids? Obviously, getting hammered in front of the little ones is not going to qualify you for parent-of-the-year, but how much is too much?



JerseyBaby said...

Why can't I see the pictures?!!!?

Sweet Pea Chef said...

Hmm...not sure. Just checked and they show up on my screen? Perhaps I need to check from SPH's laptop?

whitneyingram said...

My husband and I don't drink so my son knows almost nothing about alcohol of any kind.

I don't mind people drinking around me, but I don't like it when they drink around my kids. But I am not going to approach them about it and ask them to stop or go some where else.

Live.Love.Eat said...

I can't see the pics either. :(

Hubs and I have spoken about this too because we are social drinkers. Hubs drinks one glass of red wine each night because it's good for you. And I agree with you that more than one, especially for women, is not good. I even split mine with club soda when I want two glasses worth without actually having 2 glasses of wine. But anyway, I trust in my son and we talk about things like and he understands the difference between having a glass attached to our hips and just having a drink here and there.

Slacker Mama said...

SPC, I think you were drunk when you posted this...I can't see the pictures!

Both John and I drinks (beer and wine) in front of the kids. My thought is that since we are drinking in moderation and responsibly, then it's not a problem.

I think that drinking "in secret" from the kids would attach more of a stigma to it.

Slacker Mama said...

Ugh. I just read mine again, I must be drunk!

We have drinks in front of the kids. Like a glass of wine with dinner or a beer while watching the game. Not every night. Not always multiple.

I'm worried that I sounded too lush-y in my original comment.

Sweet Pea Chef said...

I cannot figure out why y'all can't see the pics...sorry!

ChefDruck said...

No pics for me either.

I grew up in France. My parents had wine at every meal. My grandmother did too although she diluted hers with water (yuck!). I learned to think of wine as part of the meal, and not as a way to get drunk. Now I drink a half a glass of wine every night with my dinner, whenever I cook something good. I think I'm teaching my kids how to drink responsively.

Great thought provoking post!

Camille Dangefield said...

I agree that in moderation it's fine. I don't drink much at all anymore, but my daughter has seen me drink an occasional glass of wine or a daiquiri at my mom's (yum!) My husband drinks occasionally and I don't see a problem with that. Of course, he's not getting drunk though.