Aaron is turning 16 and this is on my mind a lot. I remember the week he was diagnosed his clinic nurse saying, "I hope you won't drink underage and I hope if you do you will tell your parents, but if you are going to drink you HAVE to come here and talk to one of us first so we can help you stay safe."
So now he's hit the age where I know his friends are going to be drinking (You do learn some things from the first two kids!). I actually said to him last summer, "I hope you will wait until you're older, preferably legal, but if you feel that you just can't wait any longer, I want you to let us know so you can have your first drinks at home, carefully, and we can monitor what happens."
I had mixed feelings about saying that but I really don't want his first experience with booze to be an impulsive leap into drunkenness at a party, followed by a "sleepover" at someone's house (with nobody checking) so we don't find out about it. That just gives me the willies.
mom to Aaron, 18, dx'd Sept 05