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aleanor

celestina89 -

Children as young as 2 can open bottles and pour the contents into their mouths? Gee, here I was wishing that the ones I know could move beyond the joy of peas on the floor...

I get that cultures are different, but another option might be to teach kids about drinking (and sex and other things) as they grow. A substance that isn't locked away, but used safely and responsibly by the adults around them could well then be just another part of growing up.

A gradual appreciation of alcohol and its effects in the safety of the home, rather than the (by-definition) unsupervised wave when kids go to college, or the need to pretend knowledge at 21 (after having learned to be comfortable behind the wheel of a car when sober, for instance), seems wiser.

Yes, kids sometimes do stupid things. I'd prefer them to test limits in the safety of their homes, with someone there to address accidents, than to leave them to their own devices and the potentially habit forming practice of drinking to get drunk, in secret.

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shanfed

I also have an open bar right in my living room. We love to entertain and guests can easily help themselves.


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celestina89

@aleanor: every child as you know develops differently. However, many child development experts write between ages 2 and 3 they can walk, run well; jump awkwardly, begin to throw, catch, kick balls AND amoung other things "turn doorknobs and lids". A lid can be the size of a bottle cap which fits in the fingers/hands very nicely at that age, rather than large screw tops/lids.

However, I am not debating the age, only that unless parents constantly watch and teach young children early on, children learn by watching parents drinking. And yea, kids are sneaky, too. They know where things are located and they know when their parents aren't watching.

If you think not, well.... you are entitled to believe what you will. You might as well keep those detergent pods and other poisons easily accessible by a child, too. Poisoning which includes alcohol affects all age groups, but the highest percentage group is younger than age 6. About 99% of poisons of under age 6 are of course, unintentional.

A child's brain isn't developed enough to understand - eat or touch this and you die........ The poison control center and governments around the world have information to help parents understand the causes of accidental poisoning, particularly children in their young development years. And yes, they include alcohol amoung others items. Not only is their literature about poisonings, but lists of what are the most causes of poisoning under age 6 or even slightly older; treatment and prevention. If you are not familiar with those, please click on the green links I have provided.

In the meantime, keep your alcohol bottles out of the reach of toddlers age 2 on up as well as other items. Easiest way is under lock and key if you can't put them on a higher shelf.

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