Should you let your kid practice funneling on Capri Sun?

The Huffington Post has a story about a little boy being video taped funneling a Capri Sun at a tailgating party.

The video was apparently removed from You Tube by the user, but The Huffington Post still has a screen grab of the little guy with the funnel in his mouth.

I am bummed I didn’t get to see the video but I still think with the screen grab a discussion can be had.

Here’s what The Huffington Post wrote:

“Under 21? Beer funnel a Capri Sun in the meantime.”

“This little boy does just that at what appears to be a tailgate among some University of Miami fans.”

“Funny? Yes. Good idea? Maybe not.”

“The boy’s eager, commendable performance is surely worth a few chuckles, but as commenters on YouTube point out, the beer chugging fake-out might not be setting the best example for the child.”

You can easily imagine how it probably happened: The parents were all doing it and the kid wanted to do it so they just let him do it with a Capri Sun or someone thought it would be funny to tape the kid doing it so they gave the Capri Sun. The set up may have been in the video, which we don’t get to see.

I guess at least they gave him Capri Sun and didn’t give him beer. Do they get credit for that?

Is it wrong to let the kid try the funnel even without alcohol? Is it wrong to be doing a beer funnel in front of your kids? Is it more wrong that just drinking a beer in front of your kids? If so, why?

41 comments Add your comment

mom2alex&max

September 30th, 2011
6:49 am

There’s a difference between drinking in front of your children (which I do) and drinking stupidly in front of your child (which I don’t) I think everyone knows the difference and I think these people crossed the line. But to each their own. Maybe he won’t be doing it in college since it lost the allure of the forbidden for him. Who knows.

shaggy

September 30th, 2011
6:56 am

Sadly, this makes me think back to a kinder, gentler time, when funneling and beer bongs were a snapshot of Americana, like the quarters game. Nothing speaks to the raging hormones of young people like sneaking around to drink, smoke , and have sex.

Ahhh the memories of waking up under a strange toilet, not knowing how I got there, what I did, only vague memories of Jose Guervo labels dancing in my foggy brain. I’ve been told that I have offspring arising from certain “events”, and they do have my blue eyes, but I never leave DNA evidence…well almost never.

Ohhh…I digress. No, a kid should never funnel until at least college, although beer bongs will probably start in late high school. Also, you must completely hide the cans of beer in the refrigerator, by wrapping them in false Coke labels, before you come in the house, so the kid will be influenced to do the right thing…drink Coke, not Pepsi.

Ally

September 30th, 2011
7:14 am

First of all, @shaggy – LOL!!!

The only thing I want to say is to answer the last question “is it more wrong thaN just drinking a beer in front of your kids?”. Of course it is! This is why Americans have such problems with binge drinking. We totally make it a taboo subject at home, and then when the kids go off on their own, they don’t know how to handle drinking alcoholic drinks responsibly. In Europe, it’s such a natural part of life, and while kids do get drunk there, they aren’t even close to the dumb drunk that we do here.

Ally

September 30th, 2011
7:18 am

Sorry, I’m in a hurry this morning. I should have added that drinking beer from a funnel only shows irresponsible, immature kids how to be dumber faster. Showing your kids that you know how to drink responsibly is the first step to raising responsible drinkers. I’ve had to have a “responsible drinking” talk with my kids at ages 5 and 7 when they saw a woman so drunk at a restaurant that she couldn’t even walk. Not the talk I wanted to have at that age, but it’s better than avoiding it. And they still remember now about how bad that woman looked who couldn’t drink responsibly.

Down in Albany

September 30th, 2011
7:28 am

I have two sons. One is 16 and a junior in highschool and the othere 18 and a freshman in college. Neither have touched alcohol yet. They have both told us it’s partly because we treat alcohol in a responsible manner, including not drinking at all for the first 10-12 years of their lives.

wow

September 30th, 2011
7:38 am

Teaching the correct way to drink should be modeled. Funneling is not it.

ABC

September 30th, 2011
7:39 am

Um, no this behavior is not OK. It’s one thing to have a beer or a glass of wine in front of your kids, which we have always done. It’s quite another to glorify binge drinking like the overgrown idiotic frat boys and sorority girls these parents obviously are. How can a kid who is funneling (I don’t care that it is juice) learn responsible drinking when he’s older?

Well, we never drank...

September 30th, 2011
7:40 am

…in front of our kids at home, and we did have many talks with them about drinking responsibly even though we rarely drank at all when we went out – both started drinking in HS, and both drank heavily in college, and still do, today. Not exactly how we hoped it would turn out – just goes to show that “nothing” is a given in any household.

Hey, shaggy...

September 30th, 2011
7:42 am

…there’s a reason Jose Cuervo is the main thought in this T-shirt jingle -

One Tequila
Two Tequila
Three Tequila
Floor…

Me

September 30th, 2011
7:46 am

@shaggy – LOL — Seems I have been there previously – must have been a dream or something… Anyway, No I cannot condone the actions of these parents/adults, etc. I also have to agree with @mom2alex&max and @ABC in that, yes, I do partake of adult beverages in front of our son but he has never seen me over indulge nor will he. Doesn’t mean I haven’t or won’t again but it won’t be where he will see and/or otherwise be the wiser. He also sees me setting the example of allowing my wife to drive home from dinner, etc when I have had a beverage.

joe

September 30th, 2011
7:55 am

Whether or not the kid funneled a Capri Sun isn’t likely to have the slightest impact in whether or not he is going to do it in college; it will be based upon the friends he hangs out with and whether or not one of them has a beer funnel! I didn’t drink in high school and never heard of a beer funnel until I went to college, but I certainly tried it when i saw it.

I didn’t even think about a beer funnel after I finished college……until about 5 or 6 years ago when (at age 35 or so) I went to a friend’s party and he had….. a beer funnel….now I rarely drink but I just had to do it…one more time…..

Dennis

September 30th, 2011
7:58 am

Who still funnels beer when they are old enough to have kids, besides the Teen Mom TV Show crowd?

I funneled, beer bong, keg stand, shots, ice blocks…did it all when it cam to drinking in college. But I outgrew it at some point in college or afterwards.

I’ve never been reluctant to have a drink at dinner or in other situations in front of my kids – but binge drinking is something most outgrow when they get older.

thewindwhistler

September 30th, 2011
8:08 am

Funneling is a great way to get a liquid into the stomach. I knew a guy that needed no funnel, he opened his throat muscles covered his wind pipe and the beer went straight to the gut[no funnel]. He won a lot of bets. Seriously speaking how stupid is a parent that would encourage this behavior, very stupid

Jeff

September 30th, 2011
8:10 am

I’d like to make a sidebar here on the last day of Prostate Cancer Awareness month to give my thoughts and prayers to those who have lost their lives and the families and people who have been forever affected by this disease.

Lori

September 30th, 2011
8:36 am

Wow, this story just proves that some people shouldn’t breed!

Frank The Tank

September 30th, 2011
8:47 am

Once it hits your lips, it’s so good. Fill it up again!

JOD

September 30th, 2011
8:55 am

I think I need more coffee…I suppose nothing should be surprising anymore. This makes me think of freshman year of college – I can’t believe anyone over 22 or so would be doing this, especially in front of kids and in public. Like others said, most people (apparently not all) just grow out of it once it’s legal. Momto, ABC, and Me hit it right on…

ABC

September 30th, 2011
9:12 am

I think just talking to your kids about drinking isn’t enough. If you drink, do it responsibly in front of your kids so they know alcohol can be enjoyed in moderation and there’s nothing wrong with having a beer or a glass of wine. In Europe and probably other parts of the world, kids are offered sips of wine at the family dinner table from a young age, which I think demystifies and destigmatizes (if that’s a word!) alcohol so that when kids are off on their own it’s no big deal to have a drink with friends. I’m sure if we looked up the stats, there are probably fewer cases of drunk driving and general abuse of alcohol by teenagers and people in their 20s in Europe and other countries that have a similar view toward alcohol.

MMOT

September 30th, 2011
9:20 am

Thankfully my husband doesn’t drink at all. His grandfather was an alcoholic so he doesn’t touch the stuff. I have an occassional glass of wine. If I’m attending an adult party that may have alcohol I assume (as many, not all)that children will not be in attendance. If I have a party with children in attendance there will be no alcohol. Can’t say that for everyone. Like someone said, to each his/her own. I have issues with irresponsible parenting, especially when they want to gripe about and judge others.

I’m with Lori some people just shouldn’t breed. Too bad government can’t control that. Lol

catlady

September 30th, 2011
9:36 am

Where do they put the funnel?

catlady

September 30th, 2011
9:37 am

Thank you, Jeff!

jarvis

September 30th, 2011
9:39 am

I disposed of my funnel (Loretta was her name) after my Freshman year of college . Seems weird to me that adults with kids had one.

I can still chug a beer from a glass/cup in under 3 seconds. This isn’t something I have done much of since college, but I did implore my old “talent” on request at a guy’s weekend a couple of years ago. It was like riding a bike :-).

I don’t think binge drinking in front of children is a good idea in general.

oneofeach4me

September 30th, 2011
10:00 am

I do drink beer or wine in front of my kids sometimes. However, neither of them has ever seen me wasted nor will they. Set by example and show that self control is key and that everything should be done, drank, or eaten in moderation. Funneling Capri Suns??? I mean come on, don’t those things come with their own straw?? What the heck did the kid need with a funnel?? Some people are just idiots.

Kat

September 30th, 2011
10:17 am

I think it’s a bad idea to allow this kid to try to do this. Having not seen the video, of course, it’s hard to comment, but I suspect the parents’ friends encouraged them to encourage their kid. This steps up the problem of peer pressure that continues well into adulthood, though many probably try to imagine that it is not a problem for them.

shaggy

September 30th, 2011
10:53 am

It’s tough sneaking in a funnel or two, with kids around. My wife and I can’t seem to get in a decent game of quarters, before we have to explain that we are just managing our finances…our way. And, the next time I catch the boy in the liquor cabinet, I’m taking away his reefer.

jarvis

September 30th, 2011
11:20 am

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jarvis

September 30th, 2011
11:21 am

That’s a first for me.

Becky

September 30th, 2011
11:30 am

I have never funneled any kind of drink..That’s not to say that I haven’t had my fair share of drinks..:~)

My two have never seen me or my husband drink any alcohol..I don’t have a problem with people drinking in front of kids, but use some freaking sense..Haha..I do tell our two that not all people that drink are bad..They see their uncle and others drink and they don’t like it..Thats why they think drinking is bad..Everyone that they see in their family that drinks, always wind up in a fight or jail..

Thank you Jeff..

shaggy

September 30th, 2011
11:42 am

Those funneling parent weren’t teaching the kid to funnel. They were just teaching him that Capri can be used in a pinch, to make a passable Screwdriver, like the famous V-8 Bloody Mary.

JJ

September 30th, 2011
11:54 am

I don’t think you should let them “practice” with Capri Sun. If they are going to properly learn how to funnel beer, then give them beer for practice. And make them do it until they are sick.

The worst thing that would happen, is the kid will get toasted, probably puke all over the bathroon the next day, and will NEVER want to drink again. I say go for it!!! The sooner these kids learn basics in life, the better off they are…..

JATL

September 30th, 2011
12:24 pm

OMG -for a minute I thought one of my FB photos had gone viral! I have a photo of my oldest passed out face down on the beach (just from being really tired and running in the water and sun all day), and I captioned it, “This is what happens when you funnel too many beers on the beach.” I also just captioned a photo of my youngest and a little friend sitting at a table during a birthday party as, “___ and ____ wager who can shotgun the most Capri Suns.” Funny -I don’t funnel or shotgun at all anymore -and certainly not in front of my kids. I DO drink in front of my kids -just not in that “it’s college and I’m 18 and trying to get wasted” sort of way. I just thought the tag lines were amusing!

I tend to think things like the topic of this article are much ado about nothing and rather silly. I also have a bunch of hilarious pictures of the oldest at a corporate fundraiser this spring at Turner Field. We heard laughing behind us, and the oldest was working the keg! He was pouring perfect beers! All the guys were lining up to get one from him. We all found it amusing, but I’m sure there are some over-protective, monsters hiding at every corner, helicopters out there who think it’s just awful.

JJ

September 30th, 2011
12:34 pm

We have a picture of my youngest niece, who had fallen asleep at dinner one night in a restaurant in Seattle. Her head was on the table. My brother, Mom and I were having a couple of beers. We arranged the empty beer bottles all around my niece, some on their sides, some standing, and took pictures. None of us did Facebook at the time, so they never went online….but there is a picture of this in a frame at my mom’s house.

HB

September 30th, 2011
12:40 pm

JATL, I think your tag lines are funny, but they weren’t part of what was actually happening — just funny captions after the fact that in no way encouraged your kids to behave irresponsibly. A video of your kid actually funneling would bother me, but I think a funny remark later that the kid is clueless about is harmless.

Uh, JJ...

September 30th, 2011
1:52 pm

…actually the worst that could happen if you did what you suggested in your first post, “The worst thing that would happen, is the kid will get toasted, probably puke all over the bathroon the next day, and will NEVER want to drink again. I say go for it!!!” is that you will be arrested for aiding (and providing) and abbetting a minor in utilizing alcohol, or the kid may die from alcohol overdose, or, worse, both.

And then you may have compounded the problem by “eventually” posting photos of the niece in your second post; and, even though she was not drunk, there is the perception via the photo that she was, thus, again, setting yourself up for some legal ramifications. Think back to several years ago at UGA where their 19-20 year old star quarterback (now with the Detroit Lions) was photographed holding an empty beer keg over his head – much ado about nothing, I know, but that did not keep both the UGA athletic department AND the local police from making a major deal of the “potential” underage drinking -

You need to think again about how to “have a good time”….when minors are involved…

JJ

September 30th, 2011
2:49 pm

WOW someone’s not having a good day. It’s Friday, lighten up……

JJ

September 30th, 2011
2:51 pm

I will live my life for me. I will not worry about what others think. I will decide when and where to have a good time, minors included or not. And if you don’t like it, that’s not my problem.

Kat

October 1st, 2011
2:50 am

Back at you, JJ – lighten up!

Uh, JJ...

October 1st, 2011
11:43 am

…you missed the point entirely – it was not about YOU having a good time, but doing what you did to a minor while having that good time – nobody gives a rat’s patooty about your fun, when or where, but we do care about you using a minor for “kicks and giggles” when it could have really dire consequences for you (and possibly for the minor)…

motherjanegoose

October 2nd, 2011
8:50 am

self·ish   [sel-fish] devoted to or caring only for oneself; concerned primarily with one’s own interests, benefits, welfare, etc., regardless of others.

just what I was thinking after reading things….

L

October 2nd, 2011
5:03 pm

Ummm…why would I want to do that and where in the world do you come up with these topics for this blog?

tracey

October 2nd, 2011
7:05 pm

i’ll have a drink occasionally in front of my kids. but, i generally don’t get drunk. my dad drank too much, so it’s not something i have to do.