At Least It’s Not Beer!

We’re generally pretty careful about the kids’ diet. Before they started going to school, we gave them no chocolates at all and biscuits only very, very rarely. They’ve had no caffeine at all that I’m aware of – no tea, coffee, mocha-ice cream, or cola drinks. Not even a sip. In fact, no fizzy drinks at all, except for fresh lime soda once in a way.

So, obviously, they’ve had no alcohol.

Well, actually – when we went to Devbagh last year, they got a tiny sip of beer each. I’m sure they hated it, but they said they loved it because we were drinking it. But it was only one tiny sip each.

Last weekend at S&S’s place, there was white wine, beer, and vodka with orange juice, all being consumed with gusto. The kids were all busy playing, but at one point, while my back was turned, Amit apparently gave Mrini a tiny sip of vodka and orange juice. Minutes later, she was in my lap asking for beer.

“No,” I said, moving my glass out of reach. “This is for adults.”

Pat came the reply: “But I had vodka…”


If she says that in any other place, like for instance in school, I’m going to be in so much trouble!

6 Responses to At Least It’s Not Beer!

  1. Ruby says:

    Early start, howz their school going? Mine are pavam in comparison. In-laws just left today so haven’t read any of your latest blogs, except the one which announced your travel. Am leaving for sasural after 4 long years on 10th, so stress levels at peak.

  2. supriya says:

    Anamika! (severe reprimand). Or I should say Amit! (most severe reprimand).

  3. poupee97 says:

    Ruby: You poor thing. Heartfelt commiseration coming your way.

    Supriya: Definitely “Amit!” followed by the mostest severest reprimand you can muster up at this point. 😀

  4. Amit Mukherjee says:

    Dear wife,
    Would you like me to share a video of you vociferously advocating “Start them early” about 2 years ago :-)!!


  5. prakash says:

    I have also started feeling the same with p. She saw me having coffee and is being persistent about it for the past few days. She says she is a big girl now. I believe that you cant have dual standards, if you want your child to follow something then you should follow the same. May be time to give up coffee for me 😦

  6. poupee97 says:

    Amit: Yes, please. I looked for it, but couldn’t find it.

    Prakash: I actually have no trouble with double standards. There are lots of things adults can do that kids can’t or shouldn’t and coffee, beer etc is just one category.

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