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AIBU to expect parents not to drink at sports day?!?!
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KCAREYW1987 · 19/06/2017 15:59

Have just returned from a very hot primary school sports day. A group of parents decided to crack open a few cold cans of pimms at about 11am. AIBU to think that this is totally out of order at a primary school sports day? I mean I know it's not cans of super brew but still I would never dream of watching my little ones in the sack race while getting sloshed in the sun! Would love to hear other opinions on this.

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BabychamSocialist · 20/06/2017 23:15

(Not me of course - as a teacher I have to remain sober!)

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BabychamSocialist · 20/06/2017 23:14

CheshireCat

Maybe you want to watch hundreds of screaming kids for three hours until your own child is actually involved without the help of alcohol, but I imagine it takes the edge off for a lot of people!

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paxillin · 20/06/2017 23:09

I know this has been asked several times, but it hasn't really been answered. Why on earth does anybody worry about just what is in some other adult's drinking vessel whatever the occasion? Except to push one's own moral code on others? Nobody suggests getting sloshed and disrupting others. Major case of MYOB. All this "do you have to" is irrelevant.

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GoneDownhill · 20/06/2017 23:01

Drinking is ok but getting drunk wouldn't be.

Cans of pimms sound like an excellent idea

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cherish123 · 20/06/2017 23:00

YANBU. This is bad behaviour. The Headteacher should not have allowed this - setting bad example. I once saw a father drinking beer at my 8 year old son's rugby match.

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CheshireChat · 20/06/2017 22:57

But this day should revolve around kids, not adult activities.

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BabychamSocialist · 20/06/2017 22:43

Drinking should not be normal or regular it should be a treat just like every other toxin out there. Kids sports day is not the time to indulge in a 'treat' that kids can't have

You're talking like they're serving Absinthe!

Kids should learn that there are adult things they're allowed when they're adults, but there's nothing to be ashamed of and it's OK in moderation. Treating them like poison just makes kids want to try them more.

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mumindoghouse · 20/06/2017 22:34

We had parents bring a few cold cans. The event was off school property, had pta bar be cue at lunchtime, and was a very convivial picnic atmosphere. Some had some alcohol, not me as was driving. But it was sensible moderate consumption on a lovely day. No one sloshed. Just a lovely part of the year end activities.

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Wishforsnow · 20/06/2017 22:14

I've never been to a sports day without a Pimms tent. Come to think of it as a child the school supplied drinks for parents. I recall beer and wine. Could have been Pimms there but I didn't know what all the grown up drinks were

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MiddleClassProblem · 20/06/2017 22:09

I don't understand why people are saying it's a Brit thing when clearly it happens in other countries too. Or is that only in expat schools?

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Queenylaverne · 20/06/2017 21:50

I didnt realise having kids involved such merriment...I might have one now I know............Grin

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JacquesHammer · 20/06/2017 21:48

Drinking should not be normal or regular it should be a treat just like every other toxin out there. Kids sports day is not the time to indulge in a 'treat' that kids can't have

And a sure fire way of making your children crave the forbidden fruit.

There's lots of things I do as an adult that my daughter can't as a child. She understands that totally. Notwithstanding the fact that I don't believe any food/drink should be a "treat" - it fosters a dangerous relationship with food IMO

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embod · 20/06/2017 21:46

No school I've ever taught in has allowed alcohol on the premises. I'm really surprised it's a thing.

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PunkrockerGirl · 20/06/2017 21:42

There's always the minority piss heads who could ruin everything
Not to mention those who think that one pleasant glass of pimms in the sunshine will automatically result in an unseemly brawl for which your children will never forgive you.

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Voice0fReason · 20/06/2017 21:38

I hate the british attitude to alcohol. some people can't do anything without a drink in their hand. yuck.
What are you even talking about? What is this "British attitude" that means people can't do anything without a drink in their hand? It's not something I recognise at all. I have managed to type this entire post without a glass of alcohol but a Pimms on a hot sports day sounds divine.

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Lovingit81 · 20/06/2017 21:29

YANBU totally inappropriate at that time of day and at that type of event. There's always the minority piss heads who could ruin everything. Why does alcohol have to be at every event. Drinking should not be normal or regular it should be a treat just like every other toxin out there. Kids sports day is not the time to indulge in a 'treat' that kids can't have.

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Phephenson · 20/06/2017 20:35

YANBU

I would have LOVED a bloody drink at sports day last week but it's 2 hours in the middle of the day where you then take your kids home and for about 75% that involves a car journey.

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BandeauSally · 20/06/2017 20:24

I think Pimms have just found their next marketing campaign. Grin just wait, the next ad will be all about the PTA and how your school needs you 😂

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MrsHathaway · 20/06/2017 20:22

If DH or I had anything alcoholic at 11am we'd be incapable of looking after the DC by 3.30pm as we'd have dozed off Grin

#growingoldgracefully

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MsJudgemental · 20/06/2017 20:04

Flimflam Are you seriously saying that if you had a can of Pimms at 11.30 you would be incapable of looking after your children at 3.30???

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pottered · 20/06/2017 19:59

really? turning sports day into a general PTA fundraiser is not a bad idea - a few snacks for the children, booze and non-booze options, I agree would make things less dull.

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NoPressureNoDiamonds · 20/06/2017 19:57

YANBU. Drinking at your kids sports day is just gross.

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Roomster101 · 20/06/2017 19:43

It would be far too early for me to drink but I think it is quite a good idea if it raises money. It would be even better if they served non alcoholic cocktails and strawberry and cream. I feel quite jealous that other school do this on sports day as it might have made the day slightly less boring..

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TheDowagerCuntess · 20/06/2017 19:30

I was a bit Shock reading the OP, it's not something that would happen at our sports day, or any day time school event.

However, I can totally see why some schools might have a Pimms fundraiser in summer, at the end of the year. Sounds fab.

As usual, on these threads, there are a whole heap of people who can't seem to appreciate that a significant majority of people have a perfectly healthy relationship with alcohol - they enjoy it, it oils the wheels, and a drink or two does not equate to getting sloshed, hammered, wasted, etc...

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CantGetNoSleeeeeeep · 20/06/2017 19:11

I agree with Craigie Grin

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