The Way I See It

The cool parent vs. the rule parent



You want to be cool. You want your kids and their friends to like you. So, you let them drink at your home. They won’t tell nor get so intoxicated that they will be harmed or harm someone because of their drunkenness, right?

Most likely – wrong.

Cell phones and social media can turn any get-together – with legal-age drinkers or not – spiraling out of control. Immediately photos can be posted, texts inviting more people over. Add underage imbibers and see where that goes.

When adults provide alcohol for minors they are putting so many people at risk. First of all, very young minors’ bodies have a difficult time metabolizing alcohol. A 120 pound youth can’t tolerate alcohol like a 160+ pound adult.

What happens if that same kid gets alcohol poisoning? Or they wander off or get into a car with a drunk driver or they get behind the wheel and cause a fatal crash? Or someone takes advantage of them…male or female?

Not so fun, eh? Not so cool, huh?

The way I see it, we parents have responsibilities. Times have changed and while it is never legal to contribute to the delinquency of minors, it certainly is not something of which to risk your future.

That’s the way I see it, let me know your view – email me at, or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, Tx 78064.

SUE BROWN is the Editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at 830-281-2341 or

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