By KARRYN WHEELANS
I am just about to send my fourth daughter in five years to Schoolies and while I have arranged a pack filled with sunscreen, shampoo, cereal and hand sanitizer, I will NOT be supplying her with alcohol.
Every year a different set of friends, who have kids about to head off to the annual end-of-year freedom (read drink) fest, raise this parenting dilemma and from those who are buying booze for their under-age children, it’s always the same argument.
“At least I know what they are drinking,” they say.
This year many of the girlfriends I went through high school and Schoolies with, are packing off their precious 17-year-olds for the first time, and their views on whether to supply or not, like the coolers we used to consume, are mixed.
I am not burying my head in the Gold Coast sand; I have no doubt my daughter and her mates will celebrate, but I still haven’t changed my mind when it comes to supplying and this is why.
1. Sibling equality.
I didn’t provide any alcohol for the first three daughters so to change tact for the last two would be unfair.
2. It promotes problem solving.
Who buys? When? How much? and what has to be finessed. The questions of weight, transport and storage also have to be resolved.