Party Time?Champagne and Mikes Hard Lemonade for All!
Below is a link to a video on UTube. I don't know if you have seen this story but I find it very disturbing. I know I often do tongue-in-cheek posts, but in this case I'm totally serious. The video is a news clip about a mother providing alcohol to her 12 year-old daughter and 10 of her friends aged 11 to 14 at the 12 year-old's birthday party.
Please go watch the clip and then return.
As a mother and a grandmother I am so floored by this story, I don't even know where to begin. And the fact that it sounds like the woman is walking away with $7000 in fines but no jail time blows my mind. When my boys were in high school, we had go arounds about alcohol. They knew that I was against underage drinking. I know I wasn't successful in stopping them from drinking altogether, but I was usually on top of things, and if it happened there were consequences; they might be grounded, not allowed to have friends over, etc. Under no circumstances would I have allowed them to host a party where alcohol was served, and I certainly never would have served the alcohol. And this was when they were 16, 17, and 18--not 11, 12, and 13.
Am I alone in thinking this is a serious crime and this woman should serve time, and Child Protective Services should be involved? I'll admit to being a bit over-the-hill, but am I that far behind the times in thinking that it's not appropriate to party with your preteen kid? Was she hoping for extra special Mother's Day presents for being such a "cool Mom" or what? I really want to hear what you all think about this!