Hangover Parenting During The Holiday Season: Who's Watching Baby?

December 17, 2018 - 8:01 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - New research shows some parents don't prepare for potential hangovers during the holiday season or think about how that might affect their children.

New research from a C.S. Mott Children's Hospital national poll released Monday says just that. Co-director Sarah Clark says most parents do arrange for a designated driver or babysitter for the event itself but the next day is another matter. 

"Whether it's the day of a special event or the day after - the vigilance required to keep your child safe really means that you either need to be at your regular level of functioning as a parent or you need to make plans to have your child be with an adult who can take care of that," says Clark. 

The poll showed parents who drink rarely were less likely to make a plan compared to parents who drink more often.

"We really want to encourage parents to have fun - it is great at the holiday season to get out and socialize with other adults. A lot of parents don't have that opportunity but your job as a parent is the most important thing, so take that seriously and just make appropriate plans," notes Clark.

About eight percent of those parents polled admitted to being too impaired to take care of their kids at some point.