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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

“Mommy Juice” & Day 76. 289 Days Left.


I enjoy wine.

Okay, I really, really enjoy wine.

Whether you're a stay-at-home mom, work-at-home mom or supermom– most of us share a secret - that as soon as there's a break in the action, it's time for a little "Mommy Juice".

Maybe it's with friends around the kitchen table or the second you take off those heels and contemplate dinner; you settle down for a two-minute breather and pour yourself a glass of wine.

Hey, I do the same thing at the end of the day…


It all begins while I am making dinner and continues after the kiddos are finally in bed.

It's that perfect moment when I can just – chill; a little relaxation after chasing around and meeting the demands of two screaming toddlers while yelling at three cats and three dogs.

It is the time of the day when I know the hubby is on his way home from work. I turn a movie on for the kids and pour my first glass of wine.

It's when the kids are having a little quiet time of their own.
This is my Time Out moment.

Addison will sometimes come into the kitchen to see if she can help. She will ask if it is time for my “Mommy Juice”; a term she coined from the hubby and I hate. I explain that "Mommy is enjoying a quiet moment with a glass of wine”. After all, don’t we all deserve to do something for ourselves? This is how I decompress from a long day at the office with the kiddos.
It's really as simple as that.

I grew up with wine being served at our family gatherings with an explanation of what it is, how it's to be consumed and that it's not something that is secretive but rather an integrated part of the dining experience for adults. I plan on doing the same with my children. Why hide something? I rather educate.

I don’t think Addison is more interested, not at this point, but I would like to think she will grow up with a better understanding, respect and knowledge of responsibility.

Do you drink wine in front of your children?

If so, the next time you're sitting around with your hubby or friends enjoying a glass, try thinking about how you can explain to your young child that the "juice" that you're drinking comes from grapes but has undergone a process that makes it a drink for adults. That it's a process that's been going on for thousands of years; converting grapes into wine.

It's that simple.
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Day 76

Unwinding with Tinker Bell


11 comments:

Tenetia said...

just found you via bloggy moms...the "wine" post caught my eye. it's 6pm here and i'm about to enjoy some myself! i love your posts! so real. as i read them i find myself saying, "oh yeah, i can relate to that. and this. and that. and that too."

nice to find your blog. have a good week!

tenetia
whimsyandwhirl.blogspot.com

Steph, from Be Positive Mom said...

Ahhh.... our "mommy juice"... I am a big fan of it!

Natalie Lovins said...

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GonzoGirl18 said...

I don't know what mom doesn't enjoy a good glass of wine at the end of the day. Growing up my mom taught us that it was something to be enjoyed in moderation and was never hidden so it was never an issue. I plan on doing the same thing with my son. If he wants to try a sip while we're at home, once he gets older, he can try it. I don't ever want it to be a forbidden thing that he feels the need to go out and abuse later on. Cheers to you!!

Christina said...

I'm not a big wine drinker, but my husband does drink beer in front of the kids. I don't think it's a big deal, really. And we all deserve a little me time towards the end of the day.

Kathy said...

I found you on "Life in the deep end" and thought your comment about wine was so funny I had to check you out! Then when I saw your post I knew I was in for a good time! I don't drink, but I do drink coffee, and for me that is a religion. Definetly need the mommy wind down time. I too grew up in a house where my parents were not big drinkers but when they did drink wine it was explained in an open way as something for adults. I thought the post about your kids and the toliet papter was hysterical! Thanks for the laugh!

Kathy
www.mydishwasherspossessed.blogspot.com

Maria said...

Hi there!

I could not find your e-mail, so forgive me for using your comments. I work at Eden Fantasys and would love to work with you on product review or sponsored posts! We work with many mom bloggers, including Kimberly from Make Mommy Go Something Something, who I see is in your blogroll. If you're interested, please email me at maria @ edenfantasys dot com.

Now, to pour another glass of single girl juice (the same as mom juice coincidentally!)

Cheers,
Maria

Brandi said...

We call it "old juice" in our house. 2 years ago my son accidently picked up a plastic cup at Thanksgiving and took a sip. He imediately put it down and said, "Ewe! That's old juice!" He has now taught his younger sister what "old juice" is and is more than happy to stay away from it:)

Bum Luxury said...

I haven't had wine since the week before I found out I was pregnant! :( I miss it occasionally, but I know I will be able to have my 'mommy juice' sometime in the future. I know you can have a glass when you nurse, but it makes me nervous!

Bridget from www.bumluxury.blogspot.com

Rosann said...

I'm definitely a mommy wine lover. In fact, we are about to enjoy some steak...and wine to go with it.

Our daughters know we drink wine. We've never called it anything but wine, in front of them. What we do explain is that it's a grown up drink and it's ok for grown ups to enjoy a glass of wine with a nice meal or even socially from time to time.

What's sort of funny is that they are starting to ask if they can smell it before we take a drink of it. They like that it smells sort of fruity.

Thanks for a great and very honest post.

Blessings,
Rosann
http://www.christiansupermom.com/

Heather said...

Ooooo, I love my mommy juice. Moscato is a wonderful wonderful thing.