Parents have expectations on how their children should behave to grow into responsible citizens. Drinking beer is discouraged even by parents who are rarely sober, sometimes reciting the disadvantages of beer in their drunken state.
Further, some parents have convincing reasons on the evils of alcohol while their fridges are full of alcoholic beverages of different kinds.
Should families keep beer in the home? Where should alcohol be stored?
How can parents strike a balance between keeping their children away from beer while indulging in it?
Kate Msukwa thinks keeping beer at home conflicts with the abstinence messages.
“Children’s characters are built around their parents’ actions. It’s hard to control what children do with the beer especially when parents are not around because curiosity might have the upper hand.
“Chances of children experimenting with beer were very high because children so, parents ought to tread carefully if they wish to keep their children away from it,”she added.
Relationship counsellor Milca Mwamadi believes that if parents are serious about raising non-drunkards, they should never expose them to beer.
“The price parents have to pay is to keep beer as far from their children as possible. Drinking at home while trying to convince children that beer is bad confuses the children even more.
“If beer is bad, it doesn’t become good during parties or any merry making event. If parents have declared war against beer, then their homes should always be beer free zones,” she said.