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sweet sixteen February 8, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — panthergirl @ 8:57 am
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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!!


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12 Responses to “sweet sixteen”

  1. Waterbaby Says:

    First, what's glassing? I couldn't agree with your points more. It's one thing to allow your child to drink under supervision at home … and an animal of an entirely different nature and color to assume that responsibility for the minors of others. Stupid stupid move.

  2. I totally agree with Waterbaby, my step mother was the parent who bought alcohol for my sister and her friends, they got really stupid and made mistakes they wished they never had made.

  3. june Says:

    Glassing. Basically it's attacking someone with a glass, or pieces of glass. Lovely.

  4. june Says:

    I was allowed to have a single glass of wine on my 16th birthday, because we were having dinner in a private room of a restaurant where they knew my family. But there's no way in hell my mother would have ever served alcohol in her home to children that weren't hers, parents' "permission" (yeah, let's see how quickly that's denied when someone chokes on their own vomit) or no.

  5. Emjay Says:

    That is just plain scary. Yes, you really do have to wonder what these parents are like.

  6. cat Says:

    Oh good – well I'm not an old kill joy then. My kids used to constantly tell me I was the only mother in the world who wouldn't let them do various things. Stay up late, play resident evil, eat chips every day for lunch.
    Glassing is also known as a Barmaids Kiss. There seem to be an alarming number of women in their early twenties going through the courts charged with it at the moment. In Sydney they are considering bringing in the use of plastic cups in pubs to try and stop it. Which of course then causes an enironmental problem.

  7. suemack Says:

    That is so scary! You're not a killjoy Cat, you just want to see your kids live to grow up.

  8. Waterbaby Says:

    I deduced it was something of that nature. Why such action is given that "cute little nickname" seems just wrong.

  9. Paxton Says:

    That would get you thrown in jail in the States.

  10. cat Says:

    I'm sure it's illegal here – worse over there though with legal drinking age being 21. Here it's 18.

  11. cat Says:

    I'll be interested to hear the party report. Apparently there will be big brother security and you need an invite to get past him.

  12. Red Pen Says:

    That's the craziest thing I ever heard.

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