Your Toddler's Behavior at Play Group May Tell You if They'll Be a Drunk Teen

toddler having tantrumSometimes I look at my 4-year-old daughter and see glimpses of the teenager I imagine she'll be. More often than not, those glimpses terrify me, but I brush them off thinking a lot can (and hopefully will?) change between now and then. A new study, however, says that we can actually tell a lot about what our toddlers will be like as teens when it comes to drinking alcohol.

Great? According to Yahoo! News, new research found a correlation between certain children's temperaments and their drinking habits as teens. After studying thousands of children, researchers found there are two personality traits that more often lead to teen drinking.

The indicative traits are two extremes. On one end they found that children who are emotionally unstable and are not very sociable are more likely to drink. They also found that those who are extremely social and extroverted tend to drink more as it may lead to "sensation seeking." Study co-author Danielle Dick said:

People don't enter adolescence as blank slates; they have a history of life experiences that they bring with them, dating back to early childhood. This is one of the most comprehensive attempts to understand very early childhood predictors of adolescent alcohol use in a large epidemiological cohort.

hard partyingOf course, plenty of other factors will affect will whether your teen drinks or not, and some researchers say this study alone isn't enough to predict teen drinking behavior. But it's good information to have nonetheless, and depending on how your child acts at playgroup, you may want to think about purchasing a locked liquor cabinet.

Fortunately for me, I wouldn't put my daughter in either of the two highest risk groups, so I guess that's some comfort. Now I just need a study that tells me her willful, stubborn, dramatic behavior means she's going to be a delightfully charming, easy teen. Hey, a mom can hope anyway, right?

Do you worry about what your toddlers will be like as teens? What do you think of this study?

 

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nonmember avatar MammaMel

My toddler was really mean last night...hitting and refusing to listen (and spent an hour in time-out)...and all I could think is "my kid is crazy...like a sociopath"...don't judge, I know it isn't true, and his behavior is normal...but in *that* moment that's all you can think!

youth... youthfulsoul

So introvert or extrovert. Pretty much all kids is what you're saying? Dumb study.

Crystal Farmer

So according to the fact that I was an extreme introvert, and I was emotionally unstable, I should be an alcoholic according to this study?  That'sridiculous, considering I only drink a little wine from time to time, and can't stomach anything else I have tried.

Crystal Farmer

As far as being a drunk teen?  I never tasted the stuff until I was legal.

kitty... kitty8199

So if your kid is not social they're going to drink, and if they are social they're going to drink a lot. Guess what it's saying is every kid is going to drink

Enter... EnterAtOwnRisk

Youthfulsoul, Crystal Farmer, Kitty8199, you ladie's may want to brush up on you reading comprehension skills. 

the4m... the4mutts

All I get from this is that all kids are prone to drinking. I have never met a toddler that was on the middle groud of their social behavior. Kids are little extremists, they take whatever stick they have, and run with it.

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