The kids

Our Children – it’s a complex topic, one for which I probably have more questions than answers.

That colourful blur in the background? That’s Violet. She’s 5, just started school, is pretty awesome kid. There’s no doubt that since I stopped drinking last June I am a better parent. I am present. I am attentive. I am not making questionable decisions. I can feel it in how our relationship has changed over that time. We are closer than ever.

She also thinks I still drink wine. And beer. As hard as I’ve tried to put it to her, she can’t really grasp the difference in a tangible way.

Does this matter? In all other ways I am setting a better example for my daughter. My behaviour is different. But what she believes is alcohol is still present in her life. Should it be? Is that normal? Am I overthinking it? Told you there were more questions than answers!

What do you think? What do you tell your kids? How do we instil our new shiny values into our mini me’s?

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  • I think this is a great time to start educating our kids of the choice Amy, that at the legal drinking age they have the option of having a drink with, or without alcohol. I heard this on your brilliant podcast with Moa @OddBird and it keeps echoing in my mind. With all the quality and cool AF drinks coming on the market now it should only be a matter of time and there will be so much more choice – at home, at all events and venues, and it will be the norm ?

  • Amy Armstrong
    August 8, 2022 9:59 am

    Thank you Michelle! It is so cool seeing just how much Violet now “gets it”. Yesterday she was bagging out Dan Murphy’s as we were driving past! Love it!


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