ah dear – it ain't what it used to be. Lizzie received an invite to a 16th birthday party. And she is the youngest, so over the years we've had a few like this but they never cease to amaze me. On the invitation it says:-
Alcohol allowed with parents permission
What parent permits their 15 year old to drink?
And the thing that amazes me is not that parents allow their kids to drink (thats their problem). But that the parents of the party boy are willing to take responsibilty for a group of potentially drunken 15 and 16 year olds.
Besides the fact that it's probably illegal, what if something happens. What if someone drinks themselves to death, or they choke on their own vomit. What if a girl puts herself in a risky situation. What if someone gets glassed. Because that's becoming very popular in australia at the moment.
How do the parents know which ones are permitted to drink. Will they be wearing bracelets? Sitting on different sides of the yard? Will the parents be supervising them all night?
It's one thing for parents to let their own kids drink but to take responsibility of other peoples children and let them drink is another matter. And you wonder how responsible those parents are in the first place.
The first time one of these invitations came home – about 6 years ago with Kimba, I was mortified. I couldn't believe it. I had thoughts about ringing the police and reporting them! You cannot supply a minor with alcohol. It's illegal. And for good reason. One of the most bizarre ones we had was with Lloyd. It was a 16th birthday party. Alcohol was allowed and they would be camping by the river and would have a camp fire. I just laughed. Ummm ok, lets see. Teenage boys, alcohol, a river and fire. What a fucking great idea!!