Should Kids Be Allowed to Bring Parents a Beer?


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Here's an interesting Food and Drink Question that's sparked quite a bit of controversy among CafeMoms:

Should children be allowed to bring parents a beer from the fridge?

Most moms commented that they didn't think this was a big deal—as long as kids know alcohol is for adults only and they are old enough to safely handle a glass bottle. One mom even good-naturedly joked that the whole point of having kids is so that they can get things for you!

But other moms had an issue with this situation: They thought it was inappropriate for a child to handle a "grown-up" beverage. Period.

I'm sort of in the middle with respect to my opinion on the matter. I can remember bringing my dad a cold beer from the fridge once in a while, and I don't think it affected me one way or the other. Still, I have to agree with some of the moms' comments: If my husband asked my kid to grab him a beer, I think I would be like, "Seriously? Stop being lazy and just get it yourself!"

What do you think? Do you allow this in your house?

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Mrs.M... Mrs.McCoy917

i used to get it for my dad. he let me try it once,just a sip and to this day i hate beer. i see no harm in it, just like getting a soda.

RanaA... RanaAurora

To me drinking is like a monster in a closet.  You do not know if the monster is nice or awful (addictive) until you let him out.  If you let him out by showing kids it is okay to drink and then find out they are one of the lucky ones with a genetic predisposition to alcoholism then you have an awful monster on the loose.  Why don't we just make the sacrifice and do not drink until our kids are all grown and keep the monster in the closet.


Because generally speaking, children do better learning reponsible moderation than having "forbidden fruit."

Not everyone who drinks is getting DRUNK.

Cathy5 Cathy5

NO, NO NO...I dont think they should at all i hate when i see a child being asked to do that, i just want to tell them to get there butts up and get it yourself!!!

Jason... JasonsMom2007

We don´t drink bear so no :)

imboy... imboycrazyx3

My husband thought it was so funny to have our then 2 year old go get him a beer from the fridge....that was 5 years ago, and it has NEVER happened since.  I didn't think it was appropriate at all.

melit... melittler

RanaAurora It's not lazy.  Kids love helping out. :)  If I ask my husband to get me a soda while he's up, my son will run to the soda and ask us both what we want, and loves "delivering" it.


My son does the same thing. In fact, he gets mad if someone gets the drinks before he's able to.

envir... environmentalpa

It's a terrible thing to do to a child. It's already  bad enough that people drink alcohol as it is, but to involve a child in your alcoholism is ridiculous! I had a neighbor drink himself to death and it was horrible. He left behind 2 teenage boys. Sad, very sad.

Amand... Amanda_Jeanne

When I was little, anytime my Poppop came over to our house the first thing I did when he walked in the door was go to the fridge and get 2 beers, one for him and one for my Dad. It felt like an "important job" to me, and I knew better that it was not a drink for kids. It depends on the circumstances, some moms said that their kids like to get drinks for them, I think there's a difference between just getting one beer as opposed to having your kid be your personal bartender.

clovi... clovismommy25

I personally wouldn't as DS to get me one, but the other night, my Aunt asked her DH to grab her one while he got another and my DS jumped up and said " I get it" he is three, it was cute that he wanted to help out, not so much that it was beer, but it didn't bother me, because he wasn't asked/told to get it. Then I would ge tmad!

clovi... clovismommy25

Oh and I dont drink, except ONE mixed drink once or twice a year.

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