Skip to content

The Wine Ethicist: What’s Alright For The Kids?

2012 January 19
by Mike

Let’s start with full disclosure: I am working on a story about children and wine and am raising the subject here as part of my reporting. I won’t quote any of you by name, but I anticipate that whatever discussion we have will very likely provide some interesting material for my article.

So I have two children, and I also have wine on the table pretty much every night of the week. I’ve always assumed that exposing kids to wine encourages responsible drinking later in life, and I let my children dip their fingers in my glass periodically. How very French of me, I know. With regard to kids and wine, I’ve forever viewed the French as beacons of common sense; they don’t treat alcohol as taboo, and it was my impression that French teens and twentysomethings were far less prone to excessive drinking than American youths.

But that just ain’t so—not these days, anyway. NPR aired a story last month about the rising incidence of binge drinking among French teens and the growing doubts in France about whether early exposure really produces better outcomes. And, in fact, alcoholism has long been a major public health problem in France, which suggests that the French approach perhaps isn’t all that enlightened. As with so many issues like this, the academic literature on children and alcohol can point you in whichever direction you want to be pointed: some studies show that permitting kids a taste promotes intelligent behavior, and other studies indicate that it has the opposite effect.

Self-doubt seems to be a condition of modern parenthood, and while I haven’t caught my son or daughter taking any unsanctioned swigs, I am giving a lot of thought to whether or not I’m doing my kids a service by allowing them to experience wine. I would love to get your thoughts on this topic. If you have children, do you let them taste your wine, and at what age did they start? Those of you who don’t have kids should weigh in, too. Was alcohol off-limits when you were growing up or did your parents permit you an occasional sip, and in hindsight, do you think that they had the right idea? With so many Americans now making wine part of their daily lives, I think this is an issue that a lot of people are confronting, and I am eager to hear what you have to say about it.

82 Responses leave one →
  1. August 19, 2016

    Quality art?cles or reviews ?s the main to attract the people to pay a quick
    visit the web site, that’s what this website is providing.

  2. August 19, 2016

    ?hat’s up to every one, the contents p?esent at t?is website are real?y amazing
    for people experience, well, keep up the ?ood work
    f??lows.

  3. August 18, 2016

    Act?ally ?hen someone doesn’t be aware of after that its up to ot?er users t?at
    they will help, so here it happens.

  4. August 18, 2016

    Hello f?iends, ?ts fantastic piece of writing on the top?c of educationand ent?r?ly
    explained, ?eep ?t up all the time.

  5. August 17, 2016

    Oh my go?dness! Amazing article dude! Thank you so
    much, ?owever I am having diffi?ulties with your RSS.
    I don’t unde?stand the reason why I am unable to subscribe
    to it. Is there anyone else having similar RSS issues? Anybody who
    knows the answer ?ill you k?ndly respond? Thanx!!

  6. August 17, 2016

    ?leas? let me know if you’re looking fo? ? author for your site.
    You have some really g?eat articles ?nd I think I would be a good asset.
    If you ever want to take some of the load off,
    I’d abs?lutely love to write some articles for your blog
    in exchange for a link back to mine. Pl?ase send me an e-mail if intereste?.
    Regar?s!

  7. August 16, 2016

    Yo?r mode of ?escribing all in t?is piece
    of writing is actually fast?dious, all can without difficulty
    know ?t, Thanks a lot.

  8. August 16, 2016

    Great w?blog here! Als? ?our site rather a lot up very fast!
    What host are you the use of? Can I am getting your associate hyp?rlink to y?u? h?st?
    I wi?h my web site loaded up as q?ickly as yo??s lol

  9. August 16, 2016

    Va?uable info. Fortunate me I found your site accidentally,
    and I’m surprised w?y this t?ist of f?te did not took place earl?e?!
    I bo?kmarked it.

  10. August 12, 2016

    ? think that what you published was actually very
    reasonable. ?owever, think on this, what if you were to write a kill?r title?
    I am not suggesting ?our information is not solid, b?t what if you added a post title that grabbed a person’s attention? I mean The Wine Ethicist:
    What’s Alright For The Kids? | Mike Steinberger'?
    Wine Di?rist is kinda pla?n. Yo? should look at Yahoo’s front page and note how they create ?ost titles to grab viewers interested.
    ?ou might add a related video or a rel?ted pic or two to grab
    readers interested about everything’ve got to say.
    In my opinion, it cou?d make your posts a little bit
    mor? inte?esting.

  11. August 12, 2016

    ?? my friend! I wish to say that this article is awesome, great written and incl?de almost all vital infos.
    I’d like to peer more po?ts like this .

  12. August 12, 2016

    ?lease ?et me know if yo?’r? looking for a article writer for your weblo?.
    Y?u have some really ?re?t posts and I feel
    I woul? be a good ?sset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d love to write some content fo? y?ur
    blo? in ?xch?nge for a link back to mine.
    Please shoot me an e-mail if inte?ested. Kudos!

  13. August 10, 2016

    It’s appropriate tim? to make some plans for the future and it is time to
    be happy. I’ve learn this submit and if I may just I want to r?commend you few attention-grabbing issues
    or ti?s. Perha?s you c?n w?ite subsequent articles referring to this a?tic?e.
    I desire to read more issues about it!

  14. August 9, 2016

    My ?artner and I ?tumbled over here coming from a different web a?dress and thought I
    might c?ec? things out. I like what I see so
    now i’m fol?owing you. Loo? forward to looking
    over yo?r web page yet again.

  15. August 9, 2016

    ?agnificent goods from you, man. I have understand your
    stuff previ?us to and you are j?st extremel? magnific?nt.
    I really like what you’ve acquired here, really li?e what
    you’re stating and the w?y in which you say it.
    You make it entertaining and you ?till care for to keep it smart.
    I can’t wait to read much more from y?u. This is really a w?nderful w?b s?te.

  16. August 8, 2016

    I’m not sure why b?t this blog is loading extremely slow for me.
    Is anyone ?lse having this problem or is it ? problem
    on my end? I’ll check back later and see ?f the
    problem ?till exists.

  17. August 8, 2016

    I’m not sure why b?t this blog is loading extremely slow for me.
    Is anyone ?lse having this problem or is it ? problem
    on my end? I’ll check back later and see ?f the
    problem ?till exists.

  18. August 6, 2016

    I must t?ank you for t?e efforts you’ve put in writing this site.
    I’m ?oping to check out the same high-?rade content ?y you later on as well.
    In truth, your creative w?iting abilities has encouraged
    me to get my ?wn, personal website now 😉

  19. August 6, 2016

    I must t?ank you for t?e efforts you’ve put in writing this site.
    I’m ?oping to check out the same high-?rade content ?y you later on as well.
    In truth, your creative w?iting abilities has encouraged
    me to get my ?wn, personal website now 😉

  20. August 6, 2016

    Hel?o there, I be?i?ve your website could be having ?eb browser compatibility problems.
    When I take a look at your web site in Safari, ?t looks fine however when opening ?n Internet Explorer, ?t’s got some overlapping issues.
    I simply wanted to provide you with a qui?k ?eads up!
    Besides that, g?eat website!

  21. August 6, 2016

    Hel?o there, I be?i?ve your website could be having ?eb browser compatibility problems.
    When I take a look at your web site in Safari, ?t looks fine however when opening ?n Internet Explorer, ?t’s got some overlapping issues.
    I simply wanted to provide you with a qui?k ?eads up!
    Besides that, g?eat website!

  22. August 6, 2016

    Hel?o there, I be?i?ve your website could be having ?eb browser compatibility problems.
    When I take a look at your web site in Safari, ?t looks fine however when opening ?n Internet Explorer, ?t’s got some overlapping issues.
    I simply wanted to provide you with a qui?k ?eads up!
    Besides that, g?eat website!

  23. August 6, 2016

    ?i there Dear, are you truly visiting this website dai?y,
    if so after that you will definitely take nice knowledge.

  24. August 5, 2016

    Hello, ?ts nice article about m?dia print,
    we all know media is a gre?t source of facts.

  25. August 5, 2016

    Hello, ?ts nice article about m?dia print,
    we all know media is a gre?t source of facts.

  26. August 4, 2016

    Thank you fo? the good writeu?. It in rea?ity ?as once a ente?tainment acco?nt it.
    Glance complicated to more introduced agreeab?e from y?u!

    However, h?w could we keep in touch?

  27. August 4, 2016

    I blog fr?quently and I really thank you for your information. This
    g?eat article has truly peaked my interest.
    I’m going to book mark your website ?nd ke?p che?king for ne? details about once a week.
    I su?scrib?d to your Feed as well.

  28. August 3, 2016

    At this time it l?oks li?e D?upal is the top bl?gging platform available right now.
    (from what I’ve rea?) Is t?at what yo?’re using ?n ?our blog?

  29. August 3, 2016

    ?t’s perfe?t t?me to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy.
    I’ve read this post and if I could I desire to suggest ?ou some interesting things or suggestions.
    Maybe you could write next articles referring to this article.

    I wish to re?d even more things ab?ut it!

  30. August 2, 2016

    ?xc?llent web?og here! Also your web site loads up fast!

    What web h?st are you the use of? C?n I get your affiliate link to your
    host? I wish my site loaded up as qui?kly as you?s lol

  31. July 28, 2016

    For hottest information you have to visit world wide web and on world-wide-web I found this site as a most excellent web site for hottest updates.

  32. June 12, 2016

    Hello to all, the contents existing at this website are genuinely amazing for
    people experience, well, keep up the good work fellows.

Leave a Reply

Note: You can use basic XHTML in your comments. Your email address will never be published.

Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS