To Beer or not to Beer. Your kids birthday party is coming up - should you tap the keg, or keep it drier than a new diaper?
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Clay: Welcome back down into the lounge. Daddy Clay. Brad: Daddy Brad. Clay: This week we are going to be taking on a topic that's surprisingly controversial. Brad: Paper versus plastic. Clay: It's that kind of social issue. Question, beer at children's birthday parties. Brad: It's a kids party, not a party for the adults. Heck, we didn't even have alcohol at our wedding. Well, I bet that was a freaking roaring party, wasn't it? Clay: Now in order to get some feedback on this, and I don't want to give away my own personal glass on this issue. Brad: Yeah, me neither. Clay: So to remain neutral, I thought what I should do is, I should solicit some opinions on this. So I turned on my Google machine, and I went up there on to the interwebs, and I asked a bunch of my favorite Daddy bloggers and Mommy bloggers what they thought, and also as you know, Daddy Brad, I am a regular columnist at gather.com. You can find me there at daddyclay.gather.com, and so I have published a questionnaire, what do you think, gatherers, about this question, Beer at birthday parties, and then responses were surprising. Brad: Yeah, it seems like that the folks were pretty much very passionate about which side of the isle they were on. Clay: Yeah, yeah. And that was really this, the world evidently divides between gatherers and bloggers. Because they are pretty much on either side of the fence. My daddy bloggers you know sort of ranged from, you know what I am saying, it's okay, if you are responsible, John Havens from BlogTalkRadio said, you know, it's fine, I have gone to kids parties, there is a barbecue, and it's totally appropriate he says. If there is party inside someone's house, where there isn't adult food, maybe it would be a no, no, but he was pretty much on it. Travis Holmes observed and Travis is at his blog, is the Holmes, H-O-L-M-E-S. He said, it's totally okay, to invite the people, but while people would bring beer to a kids birthday party, they wouldn't really drink it. So he said that's pretty much just me, and a few other Dads nursing a few bruise throughout the afternoon, and at the end of it, we are left with a huge fridge full of beer, not the worst side effective of a party but still, so that's exactly like a win to me, if you have a party. Brad: Yeah that's good, that's good. But I don't think Priscilla from gather, one of your gather folks would be going. She said, no way. In fact, I won't even go to a birthday party for children if there is going to be alcohol present. You know I wonder if that translate to restaurants for she has eaten all time Burger King and Chick Fillet. And Oh, Bridget says, right there with Priscilla, I say, absolutely not. I know people who do, and I think that's absurd, absurd, these guys are absurd, it's a kids party, not a party for the adults. Heck! We didn't have alcohol at our wedding. Well, I think that was a freaking, roaring party, wasn't it? Clay: It's pretty a long way away from Sarah over the Suburban Oblivion. She says, I can barely deal with my own three kids without drinking, bringing another 20 others around at once makes alcohol a requirement. Brad: Oh, that's interesting, because Heather says, a requirement, only if your family is a big bunch of alcoholic. Beer isn't a kiddie drink, and if the adults can't go on an hour or two without a beer, then there is a big problem with them that they likely aren't ready to admit. And we need to help them up for an intervention. Clay: Now one of my favorite comments came from Momo Fali, and Momo Fali has a blog, Momo Fali's, and I really liked her response, because it was both, it was both an opinion, it was a take, and it was also sort of a tip. And she said, I am offered beer at birthday parties, how else can you get parents to do the Limbo? Naturally, that's always, that was supposed to be for the kids. Also, I find a sweating beer bottle is great for putting on those little tattoos. So there is a hint for you. Brad: That's great. C