06/11/2012 04:15 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Drunken Parenting...Yes or No?

This week on Coffee Shop Confessions, a mom helps herself to the wine, beer and liquor she confiscated from her teenager after catching him throwing an unsanctioned cocktail party at home.

Was she wrong? Personally, I think that being a parent has its ups and downs, and you need to do whatever it takes to keep yourself sane. If that includes cocktails (one or two, not ten), then go for it. Goodness knows I've been in situations in my life where having a drink makes it all a little more bearable.

She definitely needed to determine whether her son had provided all the booze himself -- and if he did, his allowance is clearly too high. If his friends had stolen it from their parents, restitution is in order. But if he did buy it all himself, I see no reason to blame this CafeMom reader for confiscation and consumption. Let the kid know that you are disposing of it all, one bottle at a time, though I wouldn't recommend doing it in front of him.

Hope you all have enjoyed the first season of Coffee Shop! We'll be back later in the year, and until then, let me know in the comments what other marriage/family/kid topics you'd like me to cover in my blogs during the break.