I mentioned some of my thoughts on the air (and I made the studio laugh out loud toward the end, though it’s stripped from the audio), but here’s basically what I think about the whole thing:
- Why not the Smoking Pot with Mom law then? If drinking alcohol is illegal in all other situations (and this isn’t a sip of communion wine on Sunday) then it should be illegal in restaurants with Dad and Mom, too. There should no rated PG-18 for booze. Either lower the drinking age in all situations or leave it as is.
- I’d love to set my own laws, too. It would be a great help to me if my 15-year-old could drive, but the driving age is 17 in my home state of New Jersey, the country’s most densely populated state. And you know that somebody’s going to decide their sixth grader can drive to go pick up milk. If we leave laws for issues that affect other people up to parents, where would we draw the line?
- We are sending conflicting messages to our kids. Why tell our kids that it’s okay to have a beer with Dad on Friday night, but not okay to have one with friends on Saturday night? (A nod to Dawn Sandomeno for this idea.) We are saying, “We know you’ll be responsible around us, but once you’re out of our sight, you’ll probably go nuts, so we don’t trust you. Cheers!”
Mom blogger Jessica Gottlieb respectfully disagreed, saying it’s up to parents to teach kids to drink responsibly, and waiting until 21 is too late.
What say you? Is the law a good idea or not?