What is your stance on moms and alcohol?
I’m not teetotal or antialcohol. After a day with kids I’ve been known to open up a can — uh bottle — of rum and make a RUM with a splash of Diet Coke. One of these Drinks with a capital D is all I need. I drink wine when my parents visit — just no red wine. I occasionaly buy wine for a party or Book Club and savor it in the days after the party. I almost feel obligated to drink it — you know so the wine doesn’t go to waste. I’m a recycler…what can I say.
But, what about moms who are constantly with a drink in hand. Moms who sneak drinks in to the pool in a coffee cup? You know the mom who goes to a mom Happy Hour and is out of control. What about them? What do you think?
I’m on the other side of the mommy drinking fence. On the other side of the fence you will meet:
- Moms who you want to go out with in the evening.
- Moms who drink a drink now and then, but remember where they were after a night out.
- Moms of teens who can safely preach to their teens about drinking in moderation because they practice moderation.
- Moms who don’t feel the need to take a cooler of beer to a Brownie campout.
- Moms who don’t mind chaperoning a fieldtrip overnight and not drinking at all.
- Moms who are fun to be around because of who they are and not because of the number of drinks they have had.
I’m not ranting here. I’m just a mom of a kid, a preteen, and a teen who is worried about drinking and alcohol. I fervently wish more moms would just set a better example.
I’m on your side of the fence as well!
I had my time to party and get wild. (sigh…those were fun times!) Now, it’s time to be a parent and lead by example.
I’m also too old to recover from hangovers, lol! 🙂
I grew up in Wisconsin in a family that probably drinks and parties more than most, and that’s saying a lot for that state. I saw my parents and other adults inebriated on many, many weekend nights, and it actually made me LESS likely to drink as a teen. Because I saw first-hand how obnoxious they looked, how bad it all smelled, and how it could be dangerous.
I never got drunk until college. When I did — probably by accident the first time — I was like, OH, THAT’S why they like drinking. It makes you feel good.
So I guess I’m not too worried that my kids will see me have a few drinks now and then throughout their childhoods, or even see mom or dad — not both if someone’s driving — get kinda drunk at a wedding or whatnot. I don’t think it will scar them or lead to early or excessive drinking.
Being an alcoholic is a totally different thing, and that’s very rough for the children for so many reasons.