It’s always interesting to me how some parents condone under age drinking and say things like “just know your limit”. What? I know grown-ups who don’t know there limit. What’s even more disturbing is that some parents even provide the alcohol… Really? I mean what part of “parent/leader/role model” did they decide to put away? Is it because they want to be the “cool” parent on the block or be a “friend” instead of a parent? Is it because they figure he/she’s going to do it anyway so you might as well ACCEPT it? Is it because they just can’t be bothered being a parent when it counts most? Did they know that the rest of us end up picking up where they left off? Did they know that their child is busy trying to influence and convince other teenagers that the rest of us are just being a “drag” and not current with the times and “it’s really ok because everyone is doing it”. Did they know that we are the parents that end up picking up our child from their house or the party they went to after drinking at “the cool parent’s” house and we’re now on our way to the hospital to make sure that our child isn’t suffering from fatal alcohol poisoning? At what point did they think it was not ok to be a parent and put their foot down and remind their child that underage drinking is not acceptable for blatant health and safety reasons. Did they know that when their child (already inebriated) showed up at the party they were handed opened drinks at the door. Yup, that’s right! Drinks already poured and ready for their child to drink up and get the party started. This is the truth and these are the facts. It takes a village to raise a child and the rest of us parents have to take a BOLD stance in areas that affect the well being of our children and everyone else in the community. What if our child got behind the wheel of a car? What if someone else’s child got behind the wheel of a car? What if….? There are so many possible bad scenarios. Is it really that inconvenient to be a parent when it truly counts the most? Our kids need us. Don’t cop out. Being irresponsible affects the entire village not just your child. At the end of the day regardless of what other parents and children/teenagers are doing OUR child is still responsible for his/her decisions. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to live in a world where as parents we are behaving responsibly and looking out for each others kids and “being” the leaders and examples that we have come here to be? Choices do have consequences. Teach your children to make healthy, responsible choices. The whole village benefits from positive leaders and role models.